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Lottery funding: Sussex climate action group wins £2million

An action group has received £2million to fight climate change.

Ouse Valley Climate Action successfully bid for the lottery money, beating over 600 other applicants.

The group, a partnership of ten East Sussex organisations, including the South Downs National Park Authority and Lewes District Council, focuses on ‘natural solutions’ to climate change, such as planting trees to capture carbon .

Vanessa Rowlands, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “I am delighted that the Ouse Valley has won this important funding, which will help make it one of the national leaders in community climate action. ”

The project area follows the River Ouse downstream from Barcombe to Lewes, Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven.

The action group says the Ouse Valley is a ‘fragile landscape’ which has already felt the effects of climate change with recent flooding, storm damage, coastal erosion and loss of biodiversity years.

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Councilor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability at Lewes District Council, said: ‘We have worked very hard at council to ensure a strong and personal partnership offer, having worked in Lewes District for almost 20 years on climate change is an extremely rewarding experience. moment.

“Ouse Valley Climate Action will help us meet the opportunities and challenges created by climate change with increased support and resolve.”

The money awarded is part of the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund, a ten-year, £100million fund that is aimed at community organizations tackling climate change.

Nick Gardner, Climate Action Manager at the National Lottery, said: “Communities have a big role to play in the fight against climate change – even small steps can make a big difference.

“By supporting organizations like Ouse Valley Climate Action, we can bring people together to help tackle climate change at a local level, which will ultimately help the UK move towards net zero and help communities thrive. and prosper.”