Projects across Wealden lined up for prestigious Heritage awards

A GOLF CLUB, gardens a community wood and a farm enterprise conversion are among projects that have won prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust awards.

Out of 74 separate entries, 14 awards were made and 16 Highly Commended certificates announced.

The awards were announced at the Trust’s 14th annual lunch by Chris Gebbie, OBE, chairman of the Trust and presented before 180 guests by Trust president, Rt Hon Lord Egremont at a reception at Lancing College on July 4.

Among other winners, Commercial Awards went to Hendall Manor Barn, Heron’s Ghyll, the Piltdown Golf Club and holiday cottage complex the Dipperays, East Dean. In the Landscape and Gardens category an award was presented to Follers Manor Gardens, Alfriston where the house also achieved an award in the Small Scale Residential category.

A Sussex Heritage Person of the Year Award went to Mrs R M Brown of Polegate for her foresight and public spiritedness in planting Stuart’s Wood, Nutbourne for community use.

In addition, Sussex Heritage Trust launched its new Bursary Scheme through major sponsorship from the Historic Houses Association in conjunction with West Dean College near Chichester.

The new scheme plans to offer further training to selected young craftspeople embarking on a career in traditional building crafts, who have shown a particular interest in the subject. Among sponsors are Uckfield agents Lawson Commercial and Lewes brewers Harvey and Son.

The winners receive a hand crafted slate plaque to be displayed at the winning site and all parties involved in the project receive certificates attesting to their contribution to the Award. Judging teams usually comprise a Sussex Heritage trustee, a professional in the appropriate field and a ‘lay person’ to ensure a balanced view. All are volunteers and receive no remuneration. The projects are judged on their own merits against a formal set of criteria, rather than against each other. This is why some categories see several Awards, and others perhaps none.