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“Our family days-out inspired me to care for nature on my doorstep”

December 4th, 2019

Her inspiration to volunteer came from a hilltop view. With the innocent eyes of a child, Kirsty Ferris looked out across the skyline from Highdown Hill and saw a scene of stark contrast. Conurbation met country…and dusky icons of industry were juxtaposed with the intense green expanse of the South Downs. It was a profound […]

Breathtaking beauty of South Downs National Park inspires melodies

December 4th, 2019

A musician’s love of walking in the South Downs landscape has inspired a new album. Composer Damian Montagu is releasing A Walk Into Reverie next month, following the success of his album In A South Downs Way. The collaboration with actor Hugh Bonneville attained the No.1 spot in the UK Classical Charts. A Walk Into […]

Supporting the next generation of nature custodians with new outdoor classroom

December 4th, 2019

A new nature space that will help children learn about the environment and how to care for it has been unveiled following a huge community effort. Just one year ago, an outdoor area at Amberley School was an overgrown wilderness of weeds. But fast forward to today and the space has been transformed into an […]

Let’s champion our amazing soil

December 3rd, 2019

Aimee Felus, who manages the ChaMP project, marks World Soil Day on December 5 by digging deeper into why soil is so important…and explains how plant power is being harnessed as nature’s cleanser. ChaMP protects the groundwater beneath our feet – a vital resource we all rely upon.  But to safeguard groundwater we also need […]

Festive Fronds – Plants of the Park

December 2nd, 2019

From Kate Frankland, Volunteer Ranger, Eastern Downs Mistletoe, Viscus album, a woody, parasitic shrub native to Britain is found locally in Sussex but more frequently in the west of the county. Although mistletoe is parasitic it seldom kills its host if kept in bounds by harvesting. It has been cultivated since at least the 18th century. […]

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