Council gets £50k to protect natural habitat of the Downs

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NEARLY £50,000 is on its way to Lewes District Council thanks to a successful bid for government funding.

The funding will come from the government-sponsored Nature Improvement Areas grant scheme. More than £600,000 is to be shared between partnership organisations forming part of the South Downs Way Ahead project, led by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Lewes District Council Lead Cabinet member for Health and Environment Andy Smith said, “I am delighted that Lewes District Council will be eligible for a part of the South Downs Way Ahead funding and we will work with the community to ensure that our natural heritage is protected and enjoyed in sustainable ways.”

The aim of all the partnership organisations involved is to protect the natural habitat and landscape of the South Downs National Park area.

Lewes District Council will use a share of the funding to hold workshops, events and a festival.

Enhancement to chalk grassland will take place in and around Landport Bottom and the funding will also enable the purchase of Southdown Sheep to graze the downs.

The South Downs Way Ahead funding covers the entire length of the South Downs Way, with five target zones along the route. The Lewes district area is located to the West of Lewes and covers Landport Bottom and land to the west of Lewes on the chalk ridge.