Update from the High Weald National Landscape Partnership: Meet the High Weald Farmers – April 2024

Discover how the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is making a difference to four farms in the High Weald National Landscape!

More than £1.5 million grant funding has already been awarded to local farmers and land managers, with more available – until 2025 – for projects that benefit the area’s climate, nature, people and place.

The programme is open to anyone who owns or manages land within the area (not just farmers!), including visitor attractions and nature reserve managers.

We want to get the word out to all eligible applicants. If you – or anyone you know – might be interested, please share these stories and help us make a difference to this precious landscape.

Fresh Meadow Farms – Training and deer management

Helen and Neil Ridge run Fresh Meadow Farms – a family-run farm in East Sussex raising free range pork, lamb, beef, hogget and mutton plus Sussex venison.

They received funding to attend a 12-day Holistic Management course run by 3LM, accredited by the Savory Institute.

They also received a grant for equipment to help manage deer numbers on the farm, and to enable them to produce and sell wild venison.

Click here to read the full case study, Read Helen and Neil’s Story (pdf) or watch a video about Neil and Helen’s FiPL project >>




Cockhaise Farm – Hedge planting and wood chipper

Organic Dairy Farmer Dan Burdett runs Cockhaise Farm, near Haywards Heath in West Sussex.

He applied for a grant to plant 1,420m of new hedgerow, which has connected up the various woodland parcels on the farm, creating wildlife corridors while providing shelter and shade for the cows.

The programme also funded a new wood chipper. This piece of kit means Dan can chip the brash cuttings from coppicing and turn them into compost, which is then used as organic mulch for the newly-planted hedges.

Click here https://highweald.org/document-library/farming-in-protected-landscapes/farmer-case-studies/meet-the-high-weald-farmers-dan-burdett/?layout=default to read the full case study, or watch a video about Dan’s FiPL project >>


Burgham Farm – Mob grazing infrastructure and hedge laying

Organic Beef Farmers Sam and Becky Newington run Burgham farm in Etchingham, East Sussex.

They have improved their mob grazing infrastructure with the help of a FiPL grant, connecting up their electric fences, and installing ‘mole ploughed’ water pipes.

They received a second grant to improve some of their existing hedgerows, via a combination of hedge laying and dead hedge creation.

Click here https://highweald.org/document-library/farming-in-protected-landscapes/farmer-case-studies/meet-the-high-weald-farmers-sam-newington/?layout=default to read the full case study, or watch a video about Sam and Becky’s  FiPL project >>



Dr Joanna Gore – Green Oak Farm

Dr Joanna Gore is a first generation smallholder at Green Oak Farm in Brightling, East Sussex. The site is a certified Biodynamic and Organic small-scale farm, rich in variety, from livestock and vegetable growing, to nature-based healing.

Joanna received a Farming in Protected Landscapes grant for a new, larger chicken coop located in her 3.5 acre woodland. She also received funding to lay a 200m stretch of hedge, employing a skilled local contractor to carry out the work.

Click here https://highweald.org/document-library/farming-in-protected-landscapes/farmer-case-studies/meet-the-high-weald-farmers-dr-joanna-gore/?layout=default  to read the full case study, or watch a short video about Joanna’s FiPL project >>