Special Qualities

The South Downs National Park Authority agreed a set of seven Special Qualities on 13 December 2011. The Special Qualities will form the cornerstone of the National Park Authority’s work going forward: the State of the National Park Report, the National Park Management Plan and the Local Development Framework. The Chair of the National Park Authority, Margaret Paren said in the press release:

“People who live in, work in and enjoy the South Downs National Park are right to feel passionate about what makes it special. I am very grateful to everyone who has given their time and enthusiasm to developing our seven Special Qualities.”

No two National Parks are the same and the Government looks to individual National Park Authorities to identify the special qualities of their area

After extensive engagement with over 1500 people through shows and events, workshops and an online survey, the following seven Special Qualities were agreed by the South Downs National Park Authority and these reflect both the technical evidence available and the thoughts and opinions of the National Park’s many stakeholders:

1.       Diverse, inspirational landscapes and breathtaking views;

2.       A rich variety of wildlife and habitats including rare and internationally important species;

3.       Tranquil and unspoilt places;

4.       An environment shaped by centuries of farming and embracing new enterprise;

5.       Great opportunities for recreational activities and learning experiences;

6.       Well-conserved historical features and a rich cultural heritage;

7.       Distinctive towns and villages, and communities with real pride in their area.

To download the full document regarding the Special Qualities please use the link below;

SDNPA Special Qualities

You may also read our Chair's comments about the Special Qualities on the SDNP Online Forum