2020 - What a Year!

by Sarah Dobson

For all of us, 2020 turned out to be an unexpected year. For The Living Coast, this brought unforeseen challenges, cancellations of events, and speedy changes of direction. But despite the tough times, there have also been some fantastic achievements and moments to celebrate.

Local Authorities develop climate change action plans with communities

Brighton & Hove City Council, Adur and Worthing District Council & Lewes District Councils all turn to their communities to plan how to tackle the climate emergency

More people experience the benefits of the Natural Health Service during the pandemic

During the lockdowns and throughout this year, Living Coast partners have helped people explore the biosphere and support mental and physical health with walks, bike rides and wellbeing tips.

Citizen scientists help record and protect species

Local communities from across The Living Coast have identified new visitors to our biosphere - such as the Long Tailed Blue pictured - and helped create improved wildflower habitats for species to thrive. We also participated for the first time in the City Nature Challenge and a community in Brighton helped their local amphibians stay safe.

Brighton & Hove becomes the first UK's first Gold Sustainable Food Place

The award recognises the city's outstanding achievements on a range of food issues.

This year also saw the launch of a new tech recycling scheme, the opening of the Rampion Wind Farm's Visitor Centre and fabulous community art projects in Saltdean

With so many positive stories from across The Living Coast despite the global pandemic, who knows what 2021 will bring?!

Wishing you all the best for a healthy and happy 2021.

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