About the project

Location:

Ouse Valley CARES Project Area

Project Outline:

Ouse Valley CARES – which stands for Climate Action, Resilient Ecosystems and Sustainability – is spearheaded by the South Downs National Park Trust alongside a number of partners, including South Downs National Park Authority, Lewes District Council, Railway Land Wildlife Trust, Transition Town Lewes, Seaford Community Partnership, Community Energy South, OVESCO, 3VA and Sussex Community Development Association.

The Ouse Valley CARES partnership has won £150,000 of development funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to work up a larger project, which aims to bring the whole community together to help the environment and create a more sustainable planet for future generations.

Around 650 projects from across the UK applied for lottery funding and Ouse Valley CARES is one of 21 successful applicants. You can find more information about the lottery funding here:
https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-12-01/almost-20-million-in-national-lottery-funding-to-support-uk-communities-to-tackle-climate-change

The project area follows the river valley downstream from Barcombe, through Lewes and the villages of the lower Ouse Valley, to the large coastal communities of Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven. The current funding will help the partnership investigate, test and develop ways that the Ouse Valley can increase long-term resilience to climate change.

The project has appointed two part-time officers to work on preparing the delivery bid:
– Stephanie Mills, Project Development Officer, South Downs National Park Authority
– Tracey Younghusband, Senior Community Development Worker, Sussex Community Development Association

The project officers will undertake detailed research and engagement across the community starting in April 2021 which will be used to work up a much larger National Lottery bid – potentially up to £2.5m – to be submitted in early 2022 with the aim of delivering a series of long-lasting projects that help address the climate emergency and help nature flourish. This will include projects to:

– Create more green corridors, across and between communities, and connections to the wider countryside and the South Downs National Park, such as tree planting, wildflower corridors and improving habitat quality at nature reserves.
– Enhance wellbeing, knowledge and skills around climate change mitigation, such as community gardens, community orchards, training for groups and schoolchildren, climate cafes, Forest School development, sustainability advice and events.
– Reduce carbon usage, such as supporting residents to reduce energy bills, training volunteer ‘climate and energy champions’, identifying new sites for community-owned energy schemes and helping to increase accessibility to electric vehicles and green travel.

You can find out more about the project by talking to the partner organisations or emailing us at OusevalleyCARES@southdowns.gov.uk.

Environmental Benefits

– Create more green corridors, across and between communities, and connections to the wider countryside and the South Downs National Park, such as tree planting, wildflower corridors and improving habitat quality at nature reserves.
– Enhance wellbeing, knowledge and skills around climate change mitigation, such as community gardens, community orchards, training for groups and schoolchildren, climate cafes, Forest School development, sustainability advice and events.
– Reduce carbon usage, such as supporting residents to reduce energy bills, training volunteer ‘climate and energy champions’, identifying new sites for community-owned energy schemes and helping to increase accessibility to electric vehicles and green travel.

How you can help

Contact details and further information

You can find out more about the project by talking to the partner organisations or emailing us at OusevalleyCARES@southdowns.gov.uk.