A sum of £55,000 through grants ranging from £540 to £9400 wase awarded to 14 projects; 3 projects focused on heritage management, 1 on public access, 4 on school education, 3 on land management guidance and 3 on the rural economy.
The High Weald Farming Story
Project Description: The High Weald Food Story aims to build sustainable links with schools and farms, largely focussing on urban areas. A Farming Educational Best Practice Guide has been developed which gives practical help and guidance to the Farmers who wish to open their premises to their local school for farm visits. The primary schools have visited the farm and will be able to in the future take other year groups at different seasons.
My Space, My Place
Project Description: Five High Weald Heroes school's, year six children, produced their own local Welly Walks. These have been used for field trips for the whole school and to encourage the wider community to enjoy and take an interest in their local environment.
Review of Kent List of Historic Parks
Project Description: This project undertook to review of the Local Listing of Historic Parks and Gardens of KCC and establish a policy to roll out to other Local Authorities. 14 volunteers signed up at the opening event in 21 October 2008. The volunteers have been involved in the 28 sites surveyed to date.
Water auditing on farm
Project Description: Six High Weald farms have been audited in order to collate best practise information on water conservation. This will provide web-based land management advice for other farmers, landowners and for domestic users who wish to conserve water.
The High Weald Energy Story
Project Description: Over 350 children, from local primary schools in Kent, have benefited from the High Weald Energy Story. This project was initiated to provide the local landscape context with which children can think and learn about sustainable energy choices. Year 6 students in the six primary schools experienced a classroom based workshop on the history of sustainable energy in the High Weald and an .outside workshop experience at Bedgebury Pinetum on 17 March 2009. This was coordinated by Kent High Weald Partnership & High Weald AONB Unit in collaboration with the Bedgebury educational team, Commonworks, Greengauge; and students from Skinners Boys school and Angley College.
Enhancing visitor access at RSPB Broadwater Warren
Project Description: The car parking area at Broadwater Warren nature reserve is still under construction due to discovering nesting dormice. However they have met SDF requirements in term of creating an empathetic parking area to give greater access to the general public and information boards which also merge with the High Weald message
Urgent restoration of Habitat network at Beckley Wood
Project Description: Restoration of an extensive network of ride edge habitat for key butterflies and moths at Beckley Wood. Over 1.5 miles of forest rides have been widened creating a total of 5 acres of open space and woodland clearings. This has been achieved with the support of 30 volunteers, who have contributed a total of over 200 hours of their own time to the project. The Forestry Commission is committed to maintaining this work in the long term with the support of the volunteers.
Really Local Produce Directories
Project Description: Production of local produces directory in and around Ardingly, Lindfield, Balcombe, Cuckfield and Turner's Hill area; within the Wealden and Rother districts, to help strengthen the local food economy and to link the landscape to the producers.
Coppice Cutter Signs
Project Description: Production of wood coppicing signs to explain the importance for wildlife and promote local woodland products.
Land Manager's Pack
Project Description: Production of an interactive web-based High Weald Land Managers Advisory Pack for the High Weald website
Young Farmers - Angley College
Project Description: Purchase of land equipment for the development of a 'grow your own site' to support courses at Angley College and projects at local nature reserves
Guide to Hawkhurst Heritage Trail
Project Description: Hawkhurst Community Project has designed, produced and distributed a new guide to Hawkhurst Heritage trail, which is part of a wider programme to promote Hawkhurst,' the crossroads of the High Weald'. The guide will be available through local shops, Tourist information centres and be available on their renewed website www.hawkhurst-happens.org.uk
Woodfuel Awareness Days
Project Description: 240 individuals attended a two day seminar for Woodfuel Awareness was held on February 27 & 28 by Plumpton College at the Woodland Enterprise Centre. The seminars were aimed at domestic and small community users to give advice on all aspects of wood as a sustainable fuel
Rye Community school - Ancient Woodland Habitats
Project Description: A fun packed ancient woodland habitat day was created for the primary school children of Rye Community school. This focused on the Anglo-Saxon period looking at woodland archaeology and the native flora and forna. This was in partnership with the Butterfly conservation & ESAMP, and aimed to improve children's understanding of their local environment, many of whom had not visited a woodland before.