Film of Lewes Neighbourhood Plan: Developing an Ecosystem Approach

Take a look at this film –- a L&OVe production – sweeping shots of Lewes and its surroundings, people enthused, engaged and having fun identifying what Lewes’ landscape does for its residents, businesses and organizations! Then relating this to the Themes and Topics of the Neighbourhood Plan.

We hope it’ll inspire you to get involved.

This film is one of the final outputs from the Chalking up the Benefits project, showing how Colin, Andrew and others from L&OVe have worked with the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan Steering group to encourage them to take an Ecosystem Approach to the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan – with some success!

August update

July has been a very busy month and so was June ….. so lots to report, but also lots to look forward to as a result:

Let’s start with looking forward, eh …..?
So the News for August is:
L&OVe first ‘activity’ meeting! For those of you not going away on holiday, we hope you’ll a-LOAP with us!! we’ve organised our August meeting as (we hope?!) an activity meeting at Lewes Organic Allotment Project (LOAP). Meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesday 14 August at the top gate to LOAP (grid ref. TQ40023 11088) on the path up towards the Old Racecourse next to the track that goes up there. The idea is to work with LOAP for an hour or so and then settle down for a talk about the naturegain we’ve just experienced and start our L&OVe meeting either there on site or agree to repair to the nearest pub to meet instead. An agenda will be posted here in advance of the meeting.

MAPS! We will soon be getting maps of local naturegain. They’ll show us which areas provide our water; where are the areas of most importance for local climate regulation; where pollinators thrive; which areas nearby seem ‘natural’ – in other words, maps of ‘ecosystem services’ provided around Lewes. Here’s a sample of what the maps’ll look like – this one’s from County Durham
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Once we get the maps, probably in October, we’ll need people to evaluate how realistic they are …… so we’d love people to come forward to help go out and look at the areas and make some judgements as to whether the maps are accurate – of course, we’ll need to meet first to decide what people need to look for to make this assessment and we may need some analysis of all this – anyone interested in helping?!

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June Naturegain Walk

What has Landport Bottom ever done for us? Or An Evening LOAP on top of the Bottom

Wednesday 26th June:  6-8:30 pm – with the option of continuing a ‘naturegain’ discussion in a local pub!

Southdown sheep at Landport Bottom Lewes

Southdown sheep benefitting from and bringing benefits to Landport Bottom’s grassland (Photo: Dan Ross)

Please join us for an early evening walk starting at Lewes Organic Allotment Project (LOAP) and heading off around Landport Bottom.  Experience and appreciate the benefits that the LOAP project brings with guide Sarah Rideout (who runs LOAP), not only to those who ‘garden’ there, but to the wider Lewes Community too.  We’ll then look for other benefits to Lewes residents as we emerge onto the Downs and stroll across Landport Bottom, guided by Dan Ross (who’s responsible for site management) to spot the chalk grassland wildlife delights emerging as his restoration project starts to bloom. We’ll also be looking at some of our interactions with the area and how potential future management approaches may increase the benefits to Lewes and its economy.

Colin Tingle (Lewes and Ouse Valley eco-nomics), Dan Ross (Lewes Ranger), Sarah Rideout (Common Cause Co-op) and Michael Blencowe (Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Community Wildlife Officer) will all be there to answer questions. Michael will point out wildlife features, whilst Colin will focus on the wider ‘naturegain’ from the areas we visit and enjoy.

Meet at 6 pm at the Gate into Landport Bottom Reserve near the junction between the A275 and the lane up to the Race Course (Grid ref: TQ 40246 10931).

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For more information contact Colin Tingle on tc09(at) or  call Dan Ross on 01273 484408

Symbolism in the air ….. the belated Green Man

 He is made one with Nature: ………

He is a presence to be felt and known.
In darkness and in light, from herb and stone,
Spreading itself where’er that Power may move
… Which wields the world with never-wearied love,
Sustains it from beneath, and kindles it above.

from Adonais Percy Shelley



The words of Shelley back in 1821, encapsulate how the ‘Green Man’ as a symbol of nature’s processes, gives us loads (indeed underpins human and all other life on earth) ….. but what to we give in return?  We can see a parallel between the ‘Green Man’ and naturegain, in this context ….

The blues and the Green Man

Is that music I hear? or symbolism in the air?

Has anyone noticed how the ‘Green Man’ has been unusually cool this year?

green man1OK, so some people always see the ‘Green Man’ as ‘cool’,  but when he is physically cooler during his rebirth in spring than during his ‘death’ over winter, something weird is happening .……


And weird for the ‘Green Man’ as a symbol has very real implications in other colours in the natural world. Have you noticed how late the bluebells have been? ….. they’re pretty much in full flow as I write this now, but the late ‘Green Man’ re-lates to late in blue and April was less blue than usual (– but perhaps more full of the blues for those who love the warmth that usually comes with spring??!).  Looking at why takes us back to my opening lines …….

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Seedy Saturday

Seedy_Saturday_2013Remember Seedy Saturday is happening in Lewes Town Hall this Saturday (2 Feb) 10 am onwards. We don’t have an L&OVe stall at the event, but there’s lots of interest to see and hear. Check out the talks to see which ones may interest you ….. there’s lots with Naturegain relevance!

Click on the image to download the Seedy Saturday leaflet –>