The James Tuttiett Charitable Trust has been a true partner. Their support helped to establish the South Downs Trust and their continued commitment has given us momentum, increasing the conservation and enhancement of the South Downs National Park”
Head of Charity at South Downs National Park Authority
Launched in 2019, work began with Plantlife to support a series of projects to extend pollinator corridors. Together they have developed implementation and management plans to restore over 60 hectares of habitat, helping to increase connectivity in the corridors promoted by national charity Buglife. Many of the projects will be using a seedmix specially designed for the South Downs by Plantlife working with local seed provider, Bartholomews. The project includes the restoration of over 20km of hedgerows within the Selbourne and Winchester farm clusters and also supported hedge laying volunteering for 16 to 24 year olds, increasing young people’s engagement in the environment.
In 2020 the Trust was pleased to donate towards the South Downs Trust Beelines projects. Beelines, working with a network of landowners and farmers, is helping key pollinators by creating new wildflower corridors on verges and field margins linking pollen rich areas. This creates bigger, better and more connected areas of the South Downs ecosystem, which delivers multiple benefits for people and wildlife such as pollinated crops and improving insect diversity.
Bees and Seas connects and supports pollinators, parks and people to enhance the ecological network between the sea and the South Downs by renovating a degraded industrial area of parkland. Local people were engaged in creative and arts based activities to redesign the Brooklands site through a series of fun vocational and educational events, bringing together communities from all backgrounds in their local environment. The project created a volunteer, nature and education hub which generated new areas of chalk grassland, vegetated shingle, pollinator habitat, a medicinal herb garden and an orchard.
The group requested funding to refine and develop their marine virtual reality education and outreach program, which had been piloted in communities for schools to teach young people about Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone.