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£ 2million grant to restore the nature-rich limestone meadows of the South Downs

Rare, nature-rich limestone grasslands will be restored with a £ 2.23million National Lottery grant for the South Downs, the National Trust has said.

A charity-led partnership to restore and connect people to the ancient landscape will manage the land for nature, provide outdoor therapy sessions for people with mental health needs, and create jobs and opportunities. volunteer opportunities.

Some 18 projects, including the return of 60 hectares (150 acres) of lowland golf course and the reintroduction of grazing to help manage 40 sites, will be implemented over the next four years.

A total of 815 hectares (2,000 acres) of land will be managed for nature, the National Trust said, while there will be community projects to access green spaces and an archeology project to get people to dig. for history in gardens and public spaces.

The 10-organization partnership will work with communities, farmers, landowners and vineyards, and provide jobs, apprenticeships and training in Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Lewes, as well as new skills for around 2,500 volunteers, the National Trust said.

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