The Adur & Ouse Partnership Steering Group is made up of representatives from the following organisations:

Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC)

A Unitary Authority at the centre of the catchment, focused on business and trade, environment, social care and health, and jobs.  

Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere Project

Working to ensure that the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve operates as a 'site of excellence' on how to meet the needs of people and improve the environment. Key objectives are to look after and improve the local environment, whilst developing sustainability and promoting better undertsanding and public engagement with the natural world.  

Environment Agency (EA)

A public body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Their principle aim is to protect and improve the environment. EA priorities are to provide flood and coastal risk management, protect water, land and soil, and regulate business. They are instrumental in enabling integrated catchment management to help deliver the objectives of the Water Framework Directive.  

Forestry Commission England (FC)

A Government department responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for the protection and expansion of England's forests and woodlands. Their priorities focus on managing, protecting and conserving this environment, enabling and supporting others to do the same, and providing recreational and leisure oportunities.   

Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust (OART)

A registered charity and a member of the national Rivers Trust, OART is dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the Sussex River Ouse, the River Adur, their tributaries and impoundments. OART invests time in river habitat work, monitoring, working with partners and securing funding. As catchment host, they play a major role in implementing the catchment based approach.  

National Trust (NT)

A charity that works to protect and preserve historic places and spaces, from houses and structures to farmland and coastline, opening them up for the public to enjoy. NT owns and manages Sheffield Park on the river Ouse and Nymans Gardens near Haywards Heath.   

Natural England (NE)

The Government's advisor on the natural environment. Responsibilities include green farming schemes, designating special and important areas for wildlife, protecting biodiversity and providing advice to planners and devlopers. 

South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA)

A public body, funded by Government, responsible for keeping the South Downs a special place. The South Downs National Park cuts right across the Adur and Ouse catchment, comprising a unique landscape, towns and villages, history and culture, and recreation opportunities. The SDNPA is responsible for planning, governance, and policy and programming within the park.  

Southern Water

A water supply and wastewater treatment company operating across parts of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Nearly 70% of water supplied comes from underground sources, the rest from rivers. The company is responsible for ensuring that there is enough high quality water to meet the demands of their customers. They are also responsible for treating wastewater to a high standard before returing it back into the environment. 

South East Water

A water supply company operating across parts of Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire and Hampshire. They are repsonsible for maintaing a high quality water supply to their customers, and investing in this supply network to ensure that it remains viable into the future.   

Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (Sussex IFCA)

A committee of local authorities and statutory organisations, tasked with the sustainable management of local inshore sea fisheries resources.  Their vision is to lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment, by securing a balance between social, environmental and economic benefits.

Sussex Wildlife Trust

The leading nature conservation organisation covering East and West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove. The Trust manages nature reserves, provides education, and works locally to help protect the wildlife and natural landscapes of Sussex.  

University of Brighton

Providing a wealth of services in the academic sector, from courses to research and consultancy.  The University contibutes significantly to the provision, analysis and development of an evidence base, which is essential to inform and justify environmental protection and improvement work.

We know that there remains considerable scope to work in a wider and more integrated way with other stakeholders, particularly:

  • Angling Clubs
  • Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Councillors and members of Parliament
  • East and West Sussex County Councils
  • Inland Waterways Association
  • Landowners and land managers
  • Local Authorities and Parish Councils
  • Local communities and interest groups
  • Local schools and teacher groups
  • Sussex Local Nature Partnership
  • Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust
  • Sussex University
  • Woodland Trust


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