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Count the stars and help to save them

February 8th, 2019

Written by Emma Marrington, Senior Rural Policy Campaigner at Campaign to Protect Rural England. Image above © Matthew Savage. When was the last time you experienced a truly dark, star-filled night sky, even in the countryside? Or saw the beauty of the Milky Way clearly? It’s part of our national heritage but I suspect that […]

The Light of my Life

February 8th, 2019

Written by Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Image above © Derek Middleton There comes a time in everyone’s life when they tire of the fleeting distractions and amusements that our modern society has to offer. That day came to me at the age of five. So I became a naturalist and as the […]

Romance is in the air: Five ideas for Valentine’s Day in the South Downs

February 8th, 2019

The beautiful landscape of the South Downs has inspired many tales of romance, including the distinguished novelist Jane Austen. With so many impressive venues and inspiring locations, couples are spoilt for choice in the National Park. Here are five ideas on how to celebrate the special day this February: Afternoon tea at Goodwood House Who […]

Telling the story of the South Downs – Writer in Residence is announced

February 8th, 2019

Applause Rural Touring and the South Downs National Park Authority are delighted to announce an exciting new project to support a creative Writer in Residence. Playwright and community arts practitioner Sara Clifford will work closely with communities across the National Park this Spring, gathering material on what it means to local residents to live in […]

Local Plan is a step closer to adoption

February 8th, 2019

Following a series of public hearing sessions in November and December last year, the Planning Inspector has asked the National Park Authority to make a number of “Main Modifications” to the first ever Local Plan for the South Downs. Those changes focus on ensuring the “soundness” of the 15-year plan. While the consultation is looking […]

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