Mike has welcomed a grant of over £600,000 for the South Downs to create wildlife havens, restore habitats and encourage local people to get involved with nature.
The South Downs Way Ahead project has been chosen as one of 12 new Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) that will get a share of a £7.5 million Government grant. The NIA will restore 1,000 hectares of chalk grassland and encourage the return of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly and several species of farmland birds. More information is available at www.naturalengland.org.uk/nia.
Commenting, Mike said: “The launch of this campaign in our city serves to remind us all just how special Sussex downland is to us. The formation of the South Downs National Park is one of Sussex’s greatest achievements in recent years but the work hasn’t stopped there. With the support of ministerial colleagues, I am delighted to support this initiative to take our wonderful National Park to the next level.”