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The Spirit of The Downs – National Poetry Day

September 28th, 2017

The Spirit of The Downs by Arthur Beckett OH, do you know the Downland where the sward is short and sweet, Where the gorse is like a golden flame, where fairies you may meet? You may see them dancing in their “rings” or swinging from a spray Of bramble-bush, if you go there at the […]

Summer Holiday Activities

July 25th, 2017

Keeping the kids busy and entertained during the school holidays is a perennial problem for parents but if you are anywhere near the South Downs National Park this summer there’s no excuse to be bored and it shouldn’t break the bank either. Here’s some ideas for fun and interesting  activities: 1. Big Butterfly Count If […]

Volunteers help return ‘The Devil’s Humps’ to their former glory at Kingley Vale

July 14th, 2017

Written by Steve Walker, Kingley Vale NNR Reserve Manager For those visitors who make it to the top of Bow Hill at Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, it is hard not to be awestruck by the sight of the four bronze age tumuli running along the plateau. These mounds, also known as The Devil’s Humps (or […]

The Murder Stone

June 23rd, 2017

Written by Martin Parcell, Western Area Volunteer Ranger. This is an excerpt from the June issue of Downland Thymes, our volunteer newsletter. Warning: Graphic content En-route to a recent VRS woodland task at Clare’s Copse near Hambledon, Hants, we passed a small unassuming head stone, known locally as ‘the murder stone’ placed near the entrance […]

South Downs Way gets a permanent start/end point in Winchester

May 15th, 2017

One of the most popular National Trails in the country, the South Downs Way, has finally got an official western start/end point at the National Trust’s Winchester City Mill. A special way marker has been developed by the South Downs National Park and the National Trust property and made possible thanks in part to a […]

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