The concept of Farm Clusters first came about in 2014 following on from the Nature Improvement Area (NIA) project, which used Sir John Lawton’s principle of landscape scale conservation – more, bigger, better and joined. There are now six established Farm Cluster Groups in the South Downs National Park, covering approximately two thirds of the Park area. They range in size from c35,000ha to c.6000ha, and have between 22 and 45 members.
All six groups are farmer led and have established their own group delivery objectives based on the priorities in their local area. For further information about each group, click the links on the left hand side of this page. By working collaboratively and with partner organisations, they aim to achieve and deliver more together than they are able to on their own.
Further information about farming and Farm Clusters in the South Downs National Park can be found at: www.southdownsfarming.com