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  • Take the South Downs Dark Skies pledge

    18 Nov 2014Light pollution is a big issue. It not only wastes energy, costs money and impacts on wildlife, it can even affect our health – for example by disrupting sleep. It also stops people from enjoying the night skies. The South Downs National Park Authority is calling for people to show their support for tackling this problem by taking a Dark Skies Pledge.

  • Government plans put new affordable housing at "serious risk" in National Parks

    12 Nov 2014England's ten National Parks have expressed their concern at Government proposals that put at risk their ability to achieve more affordable housing in National Parks. In an unusual step, all ten have written to Communities Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP asking for changes to the Government's proposals for reforming Section 106 agreements.

  • Bid to bring Stanmer Park’s 18th century landscape to a 21st century audience

    07 Nov 2014Brighton & Hove's largest public open space, Stanmer Park in the South Downs National Park, is the focus of a heritage project to restore the Grade II listed estate and safeguard one of the country's rarest landscapes for future generations.

  • South Downs film celebrates discovery, enjoyment and care

    05 Nov 20145 November is not just about fireworks and bonfires. It’s also World Responsible Tourism Day – an international day of action promoting tourism that protects the world. To encourage more people to celebrate the occasion the South Downs National Park Authority is launching an inspirational online film ‘Discover, Enjoy, Care’.

  • Dukes return to Steyning

    30 Oct 2014One of Britain's rarest butterflies has been handed a lifeline in Steyning, thanks to a conservation project between a local charity - The Steyning Downland Scheme (SDS), South Downs National Park Authority and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

  • Brighton cyclists first to benefit from South Downs cycle fund

    24 Oct 2014One of the first off-road cycle routes in the country to benefit from a new cycling fund was officially opened in the South Downs National Park today. Stretching 2.5km along Ditchling Road from the centre of Brighton and out into the South Downs National Park the new path has been designed to be shared by cyclists and walkers.

  • Become an Indiana Jones of the South Downs

    22 Oct 2014The lost history hidden beneath the South Downs National Park’s ancient woodland is about to be unlocked by a crack-team of volunteer archaeologists and historians.

  • School’s South Downs mural goes on display at train station

    21 Oct 2014A mural painted by students from Chatsmore Catholic High School in Worthing to inspire people to visit the South Downs National Park by train was unveiled at West Worthing Station on Tuesday 21 October.

  • The National Park Authority’s achievements for 2013-14

    17 Oct 2014Reintroduced water voles, better woodland management, preparations for a National Park Local Plan, and promoting sustainable travel are just some examples of successful partnership projects highlighted in the South Downs National Park Authority’s (SDNPA) annual review for 2013-14.

  • How can planning make green spaces count?

    10 Oct 2014A report published today by the South Downs National Park Authority shows that people’s access to green spaces – so important for their health and wellbeing – varies considerably across Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. The report coincides with recent calls from Natural England for the value of green places to be given greater consideration in the planning process.

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