Ouse Valley Climate Action

Ouse Valley Climate Action

Communities Delivering Together

The Ouse Valley CARES (Climate Action, Resilient Ecosystems and Sustainability) Project is a National Lottery-funded project which aims to bring the community together to inspire positive action to mitigate the effects of climate change in the lower Ouse valley and Havens.

Communities Delivering Together

The Ouse Valley Climate Action Project (previously known as Ouse Valley CARES Project) is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The project area comprises the Ouse Valley from Barcombe to the coast, and the towns of Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven.

The development stage of the project was completed in April 2022 and involved working directly with the communities and local groups to help refine and cost their plans, building links between the communities through action in response to the climate emergency.  The graphic and film below explains the process further:

Funding for the next phase of the project is still being decided. Find out more about the Ouse Valley CARES Project here.

view over Lewes

Community Pitch selection - Funding boost

During the winter of 2021-22, as part of the The National Lottery Community Fund-supported Ouse Valley CARES initiative, five local organisations bid for a prize to turn their sustainability idea into practical action. In partnership with the South Downs Trust awards were given to projects aiming to reduce waste and carbon use, support wildlife, raise awareness and mitigate the effects of climate change.

There were five shortlisted projects bidding for a share of the funding pot. These are:

  • Lewes Climate Hub,
  • Gardening In Association,
  • Chyngton School,
  • KP Projects CIC and
  • Affinity Rowing Club
All will receive a share of funding with the top two receiving an additional prize towards their project. Watch their community pitch films here (note: voting now closed)