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Wight AONB has helped partners deliver 65 projects since its inauguation in 2002. Many of these projects have been facilitated by grant funding made available through the Sustainable Development Fund. 

Sustainable Development Fund

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a grant scheme to support projects which bring community, environmental and economic benefits to Wight AONB. The Fund provides an opportunity to test new sustainable techniques, which enhance and conserve the characteristics of the Area.

Sustainable development  is defined as: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Our Common Future, 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED).


Current Projects


Isle of Wight Candidate Biosphere

Working with partner organisations across the Island, IW AONB are working towards achieving UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status for the Isle of Wight. This would highlight globally the Isle of Wight is one of the best places to explore people’s interaction with nature. 






Dave Badman installing trial Artecology tiles


Eccleston George Public Artists and Arc Consultancy have received an AONB Sustainable Development Fund grant to develop another
series of wonderful ways to bring together art and wildlife through ‘Artecology’. More... 

Across the bay

Arc Consultancy have received an AONB Sustainable Development Fund grant to develop a project looking to capture the spirit of the AONB
by examining how the protected landscape frames one of the Island’s largest centres for population and tourism, Sandown Bay.More...