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NEWS FEED: Newsletter

On the ground in May 2017

June 2nd, 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 May 2017. Surveyed for rare Duke of Burgundy butterflies near Winchester, found some egg-laying and occupying areas cleared last winter. Found kidney vetch and horseshoe vetch, both food for […]

On the ground in April 2017

May 2nd, 2017

Work to maintain the South Downs Way National Trail included replacing way markers and, installing gates along the route, as well as repairing a water tap at Amberley. Tested a new route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to publish on ViewRanger by completing a 7 mile stretch from Fittleworth, taking in heath woodland farmland […]

Celebrate English Wine Week across the South Downs

May 2nd, 2017

From east to west across the South Downs National Park, nestling into the sun-soaked slopes and stunning landscapes, thriving vineyards produce some of England’s finest award-winning sparkling and white wines. It’s the perfect place to celebrate English Wine Week – Saturday 27 May and Sunday 4 June. These English vineyards owe their success to the […]

Jane Austen 200; A life in Hampshire

May 2nd, 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 […]

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 […]

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