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  • Community celebrates new South Downs Centre

    29 Jul 2014More than 500 people visited the new South Downs Centre in Midhurst on Sunday 27 July for a special community open day to celebrate the new facility and mark the start of National Parks Week. Many were former students and staff who had studied or taught in the building when it was a school.

  • Young South Downs writers mark National Parks Week

    28 Jul 2014Children from Medstead C of E Primary School have won first and second place in a competition asking them to write about ‘My best day in the South Downs’. The competition was held to celebrate the opening of the new South Downs Centre and the winners’ announcement marks the start of UK National Parks’ week, which this year has the theme of 'Space to Grow'.

  • Family fun at South Downs Centre open day in Midhurst

    22 Jul 2014Guided walks and bike rides, a mobile planetarium, kids’ activities and discounts on food in local cafes and restaurants will be among the highlights of a family day of fun to celebrating the new South Downs Centre in Midhurst and the start of National Parks Week on Sunday 27 July.

  • Students show off at South Downs conference

    22 Jul 2014Research on where the best place in Sussex would be to reintroduce beavers; how planning can encourage physical activity; and how the way vineyards are managed can impact on the diversity of farmland birds; were among the papers presented at the first ever South Downs Student Conference in Midhurst on Wednesday 9 July.

  • Nominations open for Volunteer Awards

    21 Jul 2014Nominations are now being accepted for the annual UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.

  • Comment on Rampion Windfarm

    21 Jul 2014E.ON have been granted permission to construct up to 175 wind turbines off the Sussex Coast with a connection to the National Grid running 14km through the South Downs National Park to Bolney Substation.

  • New funding boost for South Downs bus and rail

    15 Jul 2014Hampshire County Council and six partner authorities, including the South Downs NPA, have been successful in securing just over £2million from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) for projects which encourage and promote use of sustainable travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

  • Volunteers wanted to inspire visitors to South Downs

    08 Jul 2014The South Downs National Park Authority, Chichester District Council and Midhurst town Council are, in partnership, recruiting volunteers to help visitors to Midhurst find information about local attractions and the surrounding area.

  • Permitted Development Rights removed for farm at Soberton

    08 Jul 2014The SDNPA has removed planning rights for a field at Bere Farm in Soberton following concerns that the owner was preparing to subdivide the area with fences. At their meeting on 12 June 2014 the SDNPA’s Planning Committee issued the first article 4 direction since the National Park Authority took over as Local Planning Authority in April 2011.

  • Volunteers give River Meon much-needed makeover

    03 Jul 2014The River Meon is becoming a better home for plants, fish, birds and invertebrates thanks to a project to improve its flow through the village of East Meon.

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