Project Funding

East Sussex CC

East Sussex County Council granted us £43,360 from their Upgrading Empty Commercial Property funding. This wonderful grant will enable us to upgrade our redundant Bothy sheds just by our walled garden and we want to turn these into a vibrant artisan quarter. If you are interested in having a new base for your business here on site please contact us or call to speak with David Giles on 01424 894201.

Santander Discovery

Santander Discovery programme has awarded us £4750 towards our pre-employment project. The project runs for 12 weeks at a time and runs with a trained counsellor who offers informal counselling on a day to day basis. The fund will be used to support eight long term unemployed adults who have been unemployed for many years. 

Leader Bid

The LEADER funding was awarded in November 2016 by the WARR partnership. The money was to fund new coordinated site wide signage to the whole of our site internally and externally. The grant that we received also enabled us to lay three new pathways, we now have flat surfaces from the car park up to the main House and Tearoom. LEADER funding is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. We received a total grant of £35,807.


Bags of Help funded us through Groundworks and Tesco’s, the project was funded through the new charge of 5p for carrier bags when you buy them at the checkout. Shoppers in local stores were asked to vote for the project they liked the most and we were awarded £2000 second prize to redevelop a piece of redundant land behind the walled garden into what has now become a beautiful labyrinth. 


Souter Charitable Trust awarded us £5000 for our pre-employment project. The project aims to support those that have been out of work the longest. They are generally enrolled into our kitchen garden team, where they work to produce the fresh vegetables we use on site and sell outside of the Orangery Tea Room.

Awards For All

Awards for All funded through the BIG Lottery Fund awarded us £10,000 towards a concrete slab down in the lower slip. It is a large slab with moveable walls that can be altered depending on the amount of waste we are composting, in the summer when we have the summer camps the amount of waste we can recycle goes up. We are aiming to be a nil waste site and help reduce the waste we send to landfill and in turn the landfill trucks having to come to site and travel through very rural villages to get here. The project is now complete and was just in time for our summer camps which was great. We need the slab so that we can turn the huge amounts of waste with a forklift truck. The compost is then used through the kitchen garden and in the flowerbeds on site.

Rural Rother Trust

Rural Rother Trust awarded us £500 to support our standalone counselling service. The grant will be used to support the service for rural residents of Rother. Many of the people attending counselling are unable to pay the full fees and this grant helps us keep the service sustainable and ensure local people have access to great counselling when they need it. This was a massive grant from this funder who typically give out £250 and we are very grateful for their support and the value they see in counselling.

Sussex Lund

Sussex LUND is a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin’ and the High Weald AONB Partnership. They awarded us £10,000 towards two projects. The first is to complete our plans for the Labyrinth, we want to plant many more trees, grow some flowers which will particularly appeal to the wildlife we are seeking to attract such as bees, butterflies and hedgehogs and a variety of birds. The second part of this project is to provide steps with lights and railings out of the orangery car park safely up onto Dial Walk and onto the main pathways around the lakes and up to the main house. These projects will be completed by May 2018.