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NEWS FEED: Cultural Heritage

Fantastic Heaths and where to find them…

May 5th, 2017

You might associate the South Downs with rolling chalk downland but one of our most stunning and rarest habitats is our beautiful heathland. With striking purple heather set against a backdrop of glorious yellow gorse these precious sites are a perfect spot for a walk or ride. Ambitious work to restore and reunite these special […]

New Hidden Landscape Trails

April 25th, 2017

Come and explore the hidden history of Stansted Park… Beneath the ancient woodland of the South Downs National Park lies a secret landscape littered with traces of the people who have lived, visited and worked here. The woods have protected this hidden landscape with features unseen and unknown for years, even by the frequent visitor. However, […]

Local Hero – Edward Thomas

March 30th, 2017

With 2017 declared as the ‘Year of Literary Heroes’, SDNPA’s Nick Heasman takes a look at how the South Downs’ landscapes influenced the work of poet Edward Thomas, who died on 9 April 1917. — …Fast beat My heart at sight of the tall slope Of grass and yews, as if my feet Only by […]

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 […]

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