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Partnership wins National Lottery support to help protect chalk grassland

October 10th, 2019

A partnership of 10 organisations has received initial National Lottery support for the Changing Chalk project. Made possible by National Lottery players, the partnership will work with local communities and landowners to connect people with nature and address challenges facing the Sussex Downs to protect this fragile chalk grassland landscape for future generations. Development funding […]

Brilliant views from Butser inspire thought-provoking exhibition

October 8th, 2019

As inspiring views go, the top of Butser Hill is one of the best in Hampshire. Now budding artists from across the Portsmouth and Petersfield areas have used the amazing panoramas to inspire a colourful new exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photographs and textiles. It comes after arts charity Artscape partnered with the South Downs National […]

Star-studded skies inspire new book about South Downs

October 7th, 2019

Tiffany Francis-Baker grew up in awe of the South Downs’ dreamy starry nights. Now the Petersfield-based author has used these nostalgic memories as inspiration to write a new book, Dark Skies. The book follows Tiffany’s year exploring the landscape after dark to see how we connect with nature at night. She said: “I grew up […]

National Park Authority welcomes independent Glover review

October 7th, 2019

The South Downs National Park Authority has welcomed the ambition of a major independent review that seeks to strengthen links between protected landscapes, face the challenges of climate change and engage with even more young people. Seventy years after the Act of Parliament that created the first National Parks, the review – led by writer […]

Cherry Soup show captivates audiences

October 7th, 2019

Sweet, sour, a little unexpected – and what good writing does best. That was the verdict from audiences who were enthralled by the quirky and thought-provoking show Cherry Soup – True, and not so true, tales of the South Downs. The show, written by Lewes-based playwright Sara Clifford, explored the changing landscapes and populations of […]

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