The Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust (pictured above) received a £10,000 Rampion grant in 2019 to improve the natural heritage of Sompting with the creation of a new river channel, diverting the existing Broadwater Brook away from contaminants and culverted areas to an open watercourse which contains a variety of habitats. An existing arable field has been transformed into a wildflower pasture meadow.
“We have sown 6.2 hectares of wildflower meadow using the seed purchased through the Rampion grant,” says Project Director Peter King. “In addition, we have with community involvement, planted 1.8 km of hedgerow (around 8,000 plants). We held a series of community workshops to design and build elements of on-site infrastructure including a public bench and dragon sculpture.”
A total of 83 people were involved in hedge planting and 104 people were involved in the various workshops. “Unfortunately, Covid-19 brought our public engagement to a halt but we are pleased to have got everything completed and a good level of public engagement undertaken as part of the project legacy.”
Rampion Fund supports organisations working for the benefit of the people of Sussex from Littlehampton Harbour in the west, to Beachy Head in the east and up to the A272 near Twineham in the north close to the wind farm’s onshore substation. The fund supports projects that benefit the broad community, in particular those with links to environment and ecology, climate change and energy. Priority will be given to projects that also help to tackle disadvantage and improve people’s lives and well-being. For the Rampion Fund’s main area of benefit, grants are offered in the range of £1,000 – £10,000, with higher grants offered only in exceptional circumstances. This fund has its own guidance and application form and specific area of benefit. Please do contact us to request further information. Closing date for applications 26th March 2021.
Pictured are, left to right, volunteers Linda Kerrison, Peter King and Alistair Whitby of the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust, and supporter Alex Tristram. Image: Darren Cool