Chalking up the Benefits

Chalking up the Benefits (CuB) is the L&OVe component of a bigger partnership project called  ‘South Downs Way Ahead’, funded by DEFRA via Natural England and the South Downs National Park Authority.  There are 27 partners involved.

The Outputs that L&OVe have to produce under this project are:

  1. Establish links between local economy, community wellbeing and ecosystem services; launch website, promote project and establish valuation criteria
  2. Techniques identified and trialled to value ES benefits across community and key enterprises identified as major beneficiaries of local ES provision
  3. Key ecosystems services mapped and benefits recognised. Stakeholders engaged in project and programme of land management.

There are a number of targets under each of these output areas.

Colin Tingle has started working as Project Officer for the Chalking up the Benefits project at the Linklater Pavilion, one day a week – usually on a Wednesday – and L&OVe is benefitting from the networking opportunities this provides. Sussex Wildlife Trust has taken on financial management of the project, and been enormously helpful and supportive with logistical aspects of the project.  L&OVe is very grateful to Tony Whitbread (SWT) and John Parry (Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust) for their collaboration over and support for our work.

A Steering Committee has been set up to help guide the Project Officer in prioritizing activities and ensuring outcomes. The member of the Steering Committee are: Dr. Tony Whitbread, Sussex Wildlife Trust (Chair); Prof. Andrew Church, Brighton University; Jeremy Burgess, East Area Manager South Downs National Park; Dr. John Parry, Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust; Matthew Bird, Climate Change & Sustainability Officer Lewes District Council; Dan Ross, Lewes District Council NIA Project Manager; Ruth O’Keefe, L&OVe rep.

L&OVe were invited to join the South Downs Way Ahead Partnership back in November 2011. Click on this link to download the Project Information Sheet that outlines the original Aims and objectives of the project at that early stage.