Looking after the environment is a walk in the park in West Sussex – the County Council has scored one of the top marks in an annual national survey.
West Sussex County Council is required to report to a new a Government body on all nature conservation sites and regionally important geological sites.
Of the 340 sites in the county, almost 60% were measured as very well looked after, giving one of the highest scores in the South East region.
Deborah Urquhart, County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy, said: “This score highlights the long-term commitment and hard work that has been given to supporting these sites and their owners by the County Council.
“We must thank the organisations that form a strong partnership across the county, including District and Borough councils, Natural England, The Sussex Wildlife Trust, local groups and the many volunteers. We also recognise the dedication of Ben Rainbow, the Council’s Assistant Ecologist who leads this area of work.”
Examples of good management on these sites include traditional coppicing in woodland, hay cutting old meadows and grazing flower-rich chalk downland – to encourage particular species of flowers to grow on the chalky soils of the South Downs.
Deborah added: “We must continue to work hard to sustain and enhance our county’s wildlife to build on this figure. We have a lot of challenges to face in this area now and in the future.”