Restoration plans for the 70-acre land New Salts Farm to be unveiled 

New Salts Farm was purchased by Adur District Council to protect it from housing

Restoring New Salts Farm to Natural Habitat

Local residents are being invited to contribute ideas for restoring New Salts Farm to its natural habitat. The 70-acre piece of land – the green gap between Shoreham and Lancing – was purchased by Adur District Council in 2020 to protect it from housing development.

Now the Council and the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust are developing ideas for the site to become a haven for wildlife and a green space to be used and enjoyed by the community.

They are hosting a webinar Thursday 9th December from 6pm – 7pm, at which residents can hear about the current ideas for the site. As well as restoring streams, wetlands, hedgerows and meadows, this could include creating an educational training space and a community garden.

New Salts Farm is one of a number of areas of land purchased by Adur District Council as part of its pledge to promote biodiversity and tackle climate change. Wetlands, like New Salts Farm, help to store carbon and support an abundance of plant life, which in turn provide shelter and breeding grounds for wildlife.

Salt marshes are important habitats for many species of plants, birds and animals and help protect surrounding land from flooding. They also absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which helps to decrease the effects of climate change.

Developing Ideas

The vision for New Salts Farm aligns with one of the 18 recommendations made by the Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly for tackling climate change – for it to become a centre of excellence, educating and engaging residents and schools in sustainability issues. The Climate Assembly in 2020 was represented by 43 residents from Adur and Worthing.

Adur District Council and the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust are developing the ideas for the site as part of an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Peter King, Director of the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust, said: “We are at the very beginning of an exciting journey to ensure that New Salts Farm becomes a haven for wildlife whilst providing benefits to the wider community. This meeting is a chance for us to share our current thoughts for the site and answer any questions that residents may have.”

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “With the purchase of the land completed, we can now work on bringing to life our vision to return the land to its natural habitat and through doing so give a much-needed boost to the local biodiversity.

“By working in partnership with the community, our intention is for this to become a community green space that can be enjoyed by the residents of Adur.”

Webinar

Sign up for the webinar, delivered via Zoom, at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/new-salts-farm-local-residents-meeting-tickets

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