Sussex Countryside Awards 2017

Sussex Countryside Awards

Our near neighbours Sussex Prairies (Henfield) and the Sussex Produce Company (Steyning) have both won these awards in the recent past.

The Countryside Awards are open to any project or enterprise, large or small, completed between December 2010 and January 2017. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2017. Categories include Rural Enterprise, Environmental Education, New Sussex Landscapes, and The Making Places Design Award. Further information here.

Clappers Lane drainage? The demolition of Hillside? The permanent diversion of Public Path 4F? Coppicing at Pondtail Wood? New Timbers? The restoration of Lady Brook Fort?

Readers are encouraged to come up with (even) better local candidates for awards.

And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear

Duke of Burgundy on Cowslip
The Duke of Burgundy butterfly is one of the most rapidly declining and threatened species of butterfly in the UK. Numbers have crashed by over 50 per cent since the 1970s and only about 100 colonies remain. In 2003, just eight Duke of Burgundy butterflies were recorded in the whole of Sussex. Over the next two years, Neil Hulme and Steyning Downland Scheme volunteers will be planting cowslip to encourage the Duke of Burgundy back to the chalk grasslands of the Steyning Downland. Neil has already been successful in seeing the Duke of Burgundy return to Chantry Hill, about nine miles west of the Steyning Downland. There will be opportunities for local people to work with Wakehurst Place/Kew; to collect cowslip seed and grow cowslip plants; to learn how to identify and monitor the butterflies; and to conserve their habitat. Anyone who is interested should go to the free launch event at the Steyning Centre at 7:00pm on Monday 8th December to find out more. More here.