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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 […]

Jane Austen 200; A life in Hampshire

July 18th, 2017

Jane Austen, one of England’s most famous authors, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire, in the South Downs National Park. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels and this year marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death. From 1809 until 1817 Jane […]

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 […]

Secrets of the High Woods film

September 23rd, 2016

Over the past three years the Secrets of the High Woods project has captured LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data which has discovered a host of human stories hidden beneath the trees. This film tells the story of the project, from its inception to the volunteer experience and details the archaeological discoveries. Intrepid volunteers have […]

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