High Weald

G1 Objective: To restore the natural function of river catchments
Rationale: to protect the built-environment and human life by safe water conveyance within river catchments, whilst increasing the range of ecosystem goods and services (e.g. improving the aquatic ecosystems and water resource provision and mitigating the effects of increasingly frequent and high peak flows) provided by the river catchments of the AONB.

Indicator of success

i) reduction in the rate at which flood waters pass down the middle and upper reaches of the AONB’s catchments, and reduction of excessive sedimentation due to water run off and flood flows

ii) shift in the balance between the quantity of floodwater conveyed directly to the outfalls and the quantity diverted into temporary


Targets for 2014

a) integrated water and land management strategies for river catchments within the AONB complementary with the Water Framework Directive

b) provision of advice on the management of the AONB to ensure that River Basin Management Plans fulfil the Environment Agency’s statutory duty

c) land use measures fully attuned to the requirements of river restoration, contributing to an ecosystem services approach

d) one or more river restoration schemes delivered

e) advice and support provided to land managers regarding sustainable water management

G2 Objective: To protect the sandstone outcrops of the AONB
Rationale: to maintain the nationally important geological exposures; to conserve the fern, moss and liverwort communities they support; and to protect their value as some of the most significant sites of prehistoric archaeology in the AONB

Indicator of success

i) no loss of sandstone outcrops

ii) favourable condition achieved at important outcrops including Hastings Cliffs SAC

Targets for 2014

a) no change in extent from 2004 baseline

b) important outcrops identified and management plans produced that accommodate sensitive use for climbing where appropriate and reflect the sensitivity of sandrock communities to changing microclimate

G3 Objective: Climatic conditions and rates of change which support continued conservation and enhancement of the High Weald's valued landscape and habitats
Rationale: To reduce locally arising greenhouse gas emissions and allow the High Weald to play its role in mitigating climate change, whilst ensuring the landscape is best prepared for the impacts of climate change including enhancing habitat interconnectivity and developing adaptable land management systems

Indicator of success

i) a low carbon economy in the High Weald

ii) Appropriate land management practices in place that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store carbon

iii) Robust land management systems in place that are flexible and responsive to the changing conditions associated with a warming and less predictable climate


Targets for 2014

a) widespread use of renewable energy appropriate to the local landscape

b) new developments meeting carbon neutral standards

c) wherever practical local needs (e.g. food, materials, energy)

d) guidance on transition to a low carbon economy

e) study to understand impacts of climate change on keyAONB features

f) guidance provided on the potential impact of mitigation and adaptation measures on the AONB landscape

g) enhanced existing ecological networks in the High Weald