Communicating the South Downs

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Tree with character wins South Downs photo competition

January 3rd, 2017

‘A gnarled old gentleman with twisted limbs’ and an ‘unruly veteran being judged by the neighbours’ are two ways that judges of the South Downs National Park photo competition describe the 2016-17 winning picture. The stunning detail in the black and white shot by Bill Brooks was taken in the Capability Brown-designed grounds of Petworth […]

South Downs’ dramatic war time stories revealed in new book

November 30th, 2016

Breathtaking views and tranquil, unspoilt places are two of the reasons that the South Downs was made into a National Park, receiving millions of day visits every year. But researchers looking back just 100 years have uncovered evidence of prisoner-of-war camps; docking stations for airships the size of nine double-decker buses; abandoned unexploded bombs; and […]

Lest we forget: Six South Downs places where we remember

November 11th, 2016

For Armistice Day, SDNPA’s Anne Bone looks at five places where we remember those affected by war in the National Park There are many places across the South Downs National Park where I pause to reflect on the impact of wars, both past and present. Cheriton The last war to be fought on these shores […]

Lest we forget: Remembering Edward Thomas

November 11th, 2016

To mark Remembrance Day, SDNPA’s Nick Heasman, writes about Edward Thomas – South Downs writer and war poet ‘It is almost one hundred years since a single bullet passed through the chest of Edward Thomas at the Battle of Arras in France, taking his life on Easter Monday 1917. Like many others I first discovered Edward […]

Five spooky South Downs spots to explore

October 28th, 2016

If the shape of the land shapes our myths and legends it’s no wonder that the South Downs hills, littered with ancient flint mines, barrows and hill forts, have inspired such a rich folklore. Here are five of our favourite places to let your imaginations run wild this Hallowe’en. Chanctonbury Ring is reputed to be one […]

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