South Downs’ straw bales wins people’s choice vote
13 Feb 2015A golden image of straw bales in evening light is the deserving winner of the people’s choice prize in the South Downs National Park Authority’s photo competition 2014/15.
New identity unveiled in campaign for South Downs National Park
09 Feb 2015A new campaign encouraging people to look differently at the South Downs National Park and think about their journey as part of the adventure is being unveiled in Winchester, Brighton & Eastbourne this February.
More good news for South Downs and Brighton cyclists
05 Feb 2015£450,000 additional funding is being invested in improving a popular cycling route from Brighton into the South Downs National Park, the Department for Transport has announced today, 5 February 2015.
Wanted: Next generation of South Downs researchers
05 Feb 2015Students researching any subject relating to the South Downs are being given the chance to share their work at the National Park’s second annual student conference.
Planning inspector dismisses appeal for Causeway Farm
03 Feb 2015
Work continues on Meon Valley Trail
03 Feb 2015New work started on the Meon Valley Trail on 2 February as part of ongoing plans to improve it for walkers, cyclists and equestrians. The trail, which runs from Wickham to West Meon, takes in the secret place where Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle met on a train to finalise plans for the D-Day landings.
Government announcement on shale gas extraction - 'fracking' - in national parks
27 Jan 2015On 26 January 2015 Energy Minister Amber Rudd announced during a House of Commons Debate that the Government would remove the provision that shale gas exploration would be allowed in national parks in "exceptional circumstances". Instead, she announced, there will be an outright ban "on fracking in national parks, sites of special scientific interest and areas of outstanding natural beauty".
Key plan for South Downs future – first evidence published
21 Jan 2015New evidence that will support the Local Plan for the National Park is being published online this week with more to follow over the next few months.
The Local Plan will set out for the first time how the National Park Authority will manage development in order to meet its responsibilities to conserve the landscapes while serving the needs of our communities and the local economy. Once approved by the Government it will contain the policies by which all development proposals in the National Park will be judged.
Tourism providers become landscape ambassadors
20 Jan 2015Tourism providers across the South Downs can now become ‘landscape ambassadors’.
Developed as part of Our Land - a sustainable tourism initiative celebrating the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks – this new scheme will help people working in tourism to develop a sound knowledge of their local area to share with their clients.
England’s National Parks are open for business
19 Jan 2015National Parks England is today, Monday 19 January, publishing an Offer to the network of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)that Government established to spearhead economic growth and employment. The Offer signals an intention to unlock the potential of National Parks to deliver sustainable economic growth.