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NEWS FEED: National Park Authority

Matthew Bates, Local Plan Lead for the SDNPA

November 2nd, 2017

Send us your questions about a particular area of work in the National Park to Answering this month is: Matthew Bates, Local Plan Lead for the SDNPA Who is writing the Local Plan? I’m part of the planning policy team, and we play a leading role in coordinating and drafting the Local Plan alongside others […]


November 2nd, 2017

“Are we prepared to be radical?”  This was the question raised by SDNPA Chief Executive Trevor Beattie as he summed up the UK National Parks conference on 27 October. As the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks Act approaches the conference was an opportunity to debate the future of our National Parks. Frank Dean, […]

You say: Footpaths

October 10th, 2017

Do you have a story you want to tell about the National Park? A burning issue that you think needs to be raised publicly? We publish one story or comment about the National Park in our newsletter South Downs News each month and a response from the SDNPA. Maria Funnel from Amberley asks I am […]

Do you believe in magic?

October 10th, 2017

Memories of holidays visiting her grandmother in the South Downs have helped to shape Cressida Cowell’s new book ‘The Wizards of Once’. With Halloween around the corner it seemed like a good time to ask the ‘How to train your dragon’ author about the magic of our landscapes. Words by Cressida Cowell It is easy […]

On the Ground in September 2017

October 10th, 2017

Don’t forget to say hello if you spot our rangers and volunteers out working in the National Park. Here’s a taste of what they achieved in September 2017: Talked to 250 year 6-7 pupils at Avington and Bereleigh Estate about how farmers make room for rough grass strips and associated wildlife. Continued open access land […]

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