Funding boost for nature in Adur
Released: Wednesday, 21 September 2022
A pioneering scheme to transform farmland close to the Adur into havens for nature has been backed by the government.
Adur District Council is working in partnership with farmers, landowners, nature charities and trusts as part of the innovative Adur River Restoration project to return the area to biodiversity-rich wetland.
Applications for funding for the groundbreaking project were made in Spring 2022 as part of a new nationwide Landscape Recovery scheme launched by the Government.
The government has now confirmed that Adur River Restoration - running from the Knepp estate just south of Horsham to the river estuary in Shoreham - is one of just 22 projects to secure development funding over the next two years.
The Landscape Recovery scheme helps organisations explore and develop ways to revive floodplains, increase biodiversity, create new habitats and improve water quality through potentially re-meandering and re-naturalising floodplains.
Cllr Emma Evans, Adur’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure said:
“We are delighted to be part of this exciting new partnership to help restore the River Adur.
“This collaboration has the aim of protecting our precious salt marsh and wetlands which are important habitats for many rare and unusual species of plants, birds and animals that have adapted to living in an environment that is regularly covered by the tide.
“They help protect the land around from flooding, in addition to being a natural source for capturing climate-changing carbon gases.”
Photo: One of Adur District Council's green sites, New Salts Farm
The Knepp Wildland Foundation is coordinating the project, alongside Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust and a range of other partners. The Council is one of 27 landowners involved, having purchased Pad Farm and New Salts Farm in 2020.
Pad Farm is 45 acres of arable farmland on the western banks of the River Adur north of the A27.
Returning this to salt marsh will help take pressure off the river elsewhere by allowing some natural flooding, while also encouraging biodiversity.
New Salts Farm, between Lancing and Shoreham, is a 70-acre piece of land that was purchased by the Council to protect it from housing and return it to wetland habitat.
The Council will also be taking an advisory role and contributing to the development and delivery of the project.
Collectively, the projects across the country aim to restore nearly 700km of rivers and protect and enhance 263 species, including water voles, otters, pine martens, lapwings, great crested newts and European eels.
As well as receiving Government funding, the selected Landscape Recovery projects will also receive advisory support from Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Photo: Pad Farm in Shoreham
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