Our annual sponsors, many of whom have been with us for a number of years, are vital for the continued success of the Awards. The relationship with our sponsors and our voluntary judging teams helps us to continue our charitable objectives to promote excellence in conservation, restoration and also the good design of newly built projects. In 2023, we welcome again the South Downs National Park Authority as sponsors of The South Downs Award and we also announce a new Award, The Eco Award which is being sponsored by Cowan Architects. In this inaugural year of this category, we are delighted to have received 23 entries.
This commitment to sustainability is very much reflected in our charitable work in supporting traditional skills and crafts. The Endangered Crafts Fund has supported ten grants in Sussex through our partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association with recent grants given to a block printer, a trainee rake maker and a reverse glass sign artist. Traditional craftmanship and building skills are an important part of the rich heritage of Sussex, which is why we also continue to work closely with the Weald and Downland Living Museum and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to provide short courses for young people to improve their knowledge of traditional building skills.
All this work sits alongside our awareness-raising campaigns. The Trust has helped save many of the remaining K6 Red Telephone Boxes in Sussex, and our current campaign draws attention to the plight of the Peers of our historic public realm. Our grateful thanks to Trustee Richard Crook for leading on this and to Trevor Leggo who leads both the East and West Sussex Associations of Local Councils, for helping us promote this work.
Becoming a Friend of the Sussex Heritage Trust helps not only to support our charity but also gives you the opportunity to attend some of our fantastic private visits. Most recently we have been guests at Great Dixter House and Gardens and the Gardens at Gravetye Manor. I am also delighted to announce that the Biennial Dinner will take place on Friday 20th October at the beautiful Grade II* listed Folkington Manor by kind permission of Dr Harry and Mrs Jacquie Brunjes.