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NatureLinks is a 3 year National Lottery funded project providing young people with opportunities to connect with nature and take part in creating more vibrant and sustainable places to live, work and play in and around Lewes District.

The project aims to bring youth voices and ideas to the heart of environmental action in the local area. 

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Aged 14-24 ?
Come along to our Youth Action Group!

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The Youth Action Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month between 4 and 6pm at the Linklater Pavilion.


Upcoming dates are:

20th February 2024

19th March 2024

16th April 2024

21st May 2024

18th June 2024

6th July 2024

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Youth Action Group 2022 - 2023  Going on a bat walk with Sussex Bat Group, meeting the legendary Pete the Pond (and his parakeet, Lottie), coming together for the Summer Summit 

If you'd like to find out more about the group, or to book a place, please contact Ali on 07579 852961 

or Email:

Free courses for 14-24 yr olds

Each year we organise free courses based on the suggestions made by participants of the youth action group.

We have the following courses coming up - places are limited and booking is essential.

TEXT 07579 852961 or EMAIL

Traditional Craft Skills - Basket weaving/Upcycled clothing/Natural Dyes

Tuesdays 4.15-6.30 - 27th Feb, 5th Mar, 12th Mar, 26th Mar

Come and make a basket, learn how to turn old clothes into new ones and use plants to dye your materials.

You can mix and match the skills to create your own unique project.

Gardening for Wildlife

Saturdays 11am-1pm - 23rd Mar, 20th Apr, 25th May, 22nd June

Learn how to create a nature-friendly garden and encourage more wildlife by creating welcoming habitats.

Film and Photography for Nature

Dates tbc

Wildlife Discovery series - Botanical surveying/Bird watching/Rewilding/Pollinators

Dates tbc

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The NatureLinks Project - Our First Year

The first year of our NatureLinks project has been a vibrant explosion of activity, bringing people together to share their passion for the environment, learn from each other and create positive ways forward!

   A few  highlights include:

A thriving Youth Action Group, welcoming young people who want to explore actions they can take that have a positive impact on the environment, and supporting them to turn their ideas into reality. The monthly sessions culminated in a 'Summer Summit' at Frog Firle Farm, bringing young people from different initiatives across Sussex together

“It has given me new skills and a newer outlook on life which has benefitted my mental health” - Youth Action Group Particpant

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A series of free, accessible courses in wildlife discovery, land management skills, traditional crafts and podcast creation. The areas covered by the courses were led by suggestions from the Youth Action Group... some of them, such as the wildlfie discovery sessions, were so popular we made them available to much wider audiences.

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Work to plan, create and learn from new habitats, both within school and college grounds and elsewhere. From the new chalk butterfly banks on the Railway Land and the East Sussex College campus in Lewes to the creation of a raingarden and wildflower meadow at Chailey School and massive tree and hedgerow planting efforts, the NatureLinkers have been supporting biodiversity and resilience across the District!

“ I’ve enjoyed the teamwork aspect – all working together doing individual jobs and then the outcome comes to life!” - Chailey School student

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Providing support for young people interested in pursuing Green Careers, through work experience, enrichment days and practical opportunities.

"I learnt a lot about the environment and how land can be managed for wildlife's welfare, and it led me to change my path towards zoology which I am really excited to study in future" - Railway Land work experience particpant

We're looking forward to building on these and other intiatives ... get in touch if you would like to know more!


Are you a young person and would like to get involved with:

        Meeting and working with experts to develop regenerative solutions in your local area

        Developing skills and experience working with the local environment

        Green wellbeing activities in beautiful natural spaces


If you’d like to find out more about any of these, get in touch.

Are you involved in a local environmental group and would like:

        Support to develop learning and community engagement resources

        Training to support  your delivery of learning sessions for schools and community groups

        Support with outreach and collaborative work with other organisations to strengthen                  our blue and green infrastructure locally?


If so, get in touch.

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The project is supported throughout by volunteers. If you would like to share or develop skills in:


        Running events and workshops

        Supporting practical environmental activities

        Communications, publicity and building networks


Get in touch!

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Underpinning the project is the concept of Blue and Green Infrastructure and the many benefits it brings to our local communities.

Blue and Green Infrastructure - What is it?

BLUE refers to the water body elements in our local environment. Examples include: rivers, lakes, canals, reservoirs, ponds, rainwater collection butts and raingardens.


GREENrefers to the land-based elements: Trees, fields, parks, woodland, hedgerows, street verges, soil, community gardens, window boxes, compost heaps, green walls and roofs to name a few.


INFRASTRUCTURE is how these elements are designed to interconnect within a multifunctional network providing multiple uses and benefits such as:

Increased biodiversity, severe weather adaptation, carbon capture, active travel facilities, wildlife habitat and wellbeing.

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