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West Sussex is a county in South East England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the shire districts of Adur, Arun, Chichester, Horsham, and Mid Sussex, and the boroughs of Crawley and Worthing. Covering an area of 1,991 square kilometres (769 sq mi), West Sussex borders Hampshire to the west, Surrey to the north, and East Sussex to the east. The county town and only city in West Sussex is Chichester, located in the south-west of the county. This was legally formalised with the establishment of West Sussex Council in 1888 but within the ceremonial Sussex. After the reorganisation of local government in 1974, the ceremonial function of the historic county of Sussex was divided into two separate counties, with the western half becoming West Sussex and the eastern half East Sussex. The existing East and West Sussex councils taking control respectively, with Mid Sussex and parts of Crawley being transferred to West Sussex administration from East Sussex.In the 2011 census, West Sussex recorded a population of 806,900.

The county has a long history of human settlement dating back to the Lower Paleolithic era. The Romans conquered West Sussex's indigenous Britons, and incorporated the area as a Roman province. During the Early Middle Ages, the Saxons settled the area, establishing the Kingdom of Sussex in 477, which lasted until c. 827 when the kingdom was annexed by Wessex.

West Sussex has a range of scenery, including wealden, downland and coastal. The highest point of the county is Blackdown, at 280 metres (919 ft). It has a number of stately homes including Goodwood, Petworth House and Uppark, and castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering walking, cycling and other recreational opportunities.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

see List of climate assemblies#West Sussex

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Sussex Wetland Landscapes Project - Sussex Wildlife Trust

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Walking: Wikipedia: Footpaths in West Sussex (category), South Downs Way

Waterways: The River Wey and Wey Navigations Community Site, non-commercial site of over 200,000 words all about the River Wey including information and images about the source of the Wey at Black Down in West Sussex - The Wey & Arun Canal Trust - Wikipedia: Wey and Arun Canal

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News and comment[edit | edit source]

2016

West Sussex community solar farm delivers 5MW to grid, Jun 28 [1]

2015

Balcombe 'fracking village' gets green light to go 100% solar, october 1 [2]

Crawley Council sees itself as a carbon cutting champion, August 10 [3] The council is keen to hear public suggestions for CO2 reduction across the town and is asking people to get their thinking caps on and email in bright ideas.

2014

Local Food in Chichester; Report published online, May 5 [4]

Events[edit | edit source]

2014

April 12 - 13 Eco Open Houses Worthing

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • A green new deal for Gatwick, greennewdealuk.org, 25 November 2020
  • Save Our South Coast Alliance an alliance of individuals and groups involved in promoting the environment, community, and economy of Chichester’s coastal plain. "...excessive centrally allocated housing quotas handed down from government threaten our ability and ambition to protect our communities, environment, wildlife and economy from the inevitable impact of climate change on our low lying coastal plain." added 17:46, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

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