Friends of Lewes

Friends of Lewes

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  • Climate action
  • Environment
  • Local / community

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The Friends of Lewes, founded in 1952, is the Lewes Civic Society, a registered charity (No. 258756) with over 400 members.  Although wholly independent, we are allied to the national organization Civic Voice, a national umbrella body for similar groups.

Our mission is to conserve and enhance the key aspects of the town – its history, distinctive buildings and the natural environment.  We aim to keep Lewes special.

In meeting our vision of Keeping our Town Special, Friends of Lewes has a long and effective record of conserving and enhancing key aspects of the town – its history, distinctive buildings and the natural environment.


Our goals are:

  1. To bring further benefits to the town by placing increased emphasis on influencing relevant policy makers at national, regional and local levels (for example on, planning, transport, housing, highways, parking). These policy makers include the South Downs National Park Authority, East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council, Lewes Town Council and others.
  1. To work with others to promote and protect the vitality of businesses in and around our High Street, preserve its range of buildings and businesses, and safeguard its community value in the face of commercial change and problematic traffic management.
  1. To preserve the integrity of the Conservation Areas in Lewes through our vigilance and close liaison with local planning authorities, and to be mindful of the impact that developments in surrounding areas can have on Lewes.
  1. To protect our environment for future generations by encouraging sustainability and the building of climate resilience, whilst adapting to the requirements of a low carbon future.
  1. To increase tree canopy cover in Lewes, from the current 11.5% to the minimum recommendation for urban environments of 20%. We will do this by building on our successful projects to date and supporting other local groups with similar aims.
  1. To improve our environment, increase biodiversity and mitigate the risks resulting from climate change by collaborating with other local groups with such aims.
  1. To learn, and to seek support for our local efforts, by engaging more broadly with other civic societies and Civic Voice.
  1. To increase our engagement with FoL Members and the local community so that FoL priorities reflect local concerns and that Members are kept informed of FoL initiatives.

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