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Truleigh Hill Landscape Project

This exciting new project will provide an opportunity for local residents and stakeholders to work alongside the National Park Authority to create a future vision for Truleigh Hill, which will safeguard this special part of the South Downs National Park, while enriching educational and engagement opportunities for visitors to this part of the South Downs Way.

Truleigh Hill is a high point on the South Downs (216m). It was used for radar defences during WWII and there are 4 tall (47m) telecommunications towers around the hill which were installed later and now sit on what was the site of the historic radar station RAF Truleigh Hill.  These towers are highly visible as ‘eyesore’ landmarks for many miles in all directions and in many skyline views of the wide and open downland.

An important aspect of the project will be to link with surrounding schools and colleges in order to educate and engage with young people in the surrounding communities. It is hoped that by learning about the geography, history and evolution of the landscape they will treat it with regard in the future.

The first year of the project will involve wide engagement with local stakeholders in order to identify the issues and develop the integrated Landscape Plan for Truleigh Hill, which will include an Action Plan outlining physical interventions and project works. The second and potentially subsequent years will involve the realisation of the plan and the delivery of the project work, which will be a range of activities from chalk downland restoration and tree felling to interpretation, activity & educational events involving a wide range of the stakeholder groups from across the local community.

Truleigh Hill Survey

We’d like to capture your views on what makes Truleigh Hill special, what makes you visit it and what you think could be done to improve and safeguard the area for future generations.

We would be very grateful if you could spare 20 minutes to complete the survey here –

Community Consultation

Date: Sunday 3rd March 2019
Time: 12:00 to 16:00
Location: YHA Truleigh Hill, South Downs Way, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5FB.

Access: Free parking available at the YHA. A free Shuttle bus will run throughout the afternoon from the junction of Mill Hill and Erringham Road, Shoreham by Sea up to Truleigh Hill YHA and back.

The SDNPA would be very interested to hear the views of members of the local community and visitors to Truleigh Hill, to assist us in shaping our plan and in ensuring that our proposals meet the needs of the community and site users. This is the first of a number of consultation events to share our vision and capture the opinions of local people.

The event will run at the YHA Truleigh Hill and will be an opportunity for you to drop in, find out more about the project and to comment on our proposals and the developing plan. There will also be an opportunity for you to find out the different ways you can get involved and support the project.

Other activities include:

  • Discover more about the planned improvements at the Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel (YHA)
  • Sample delicious refreshments from the YHA café.
  • FREE nature based and wilderness skills activities for all the family throughout the afternoon, coordinated by ‘So Sussex’
  • Meet RSPB volunteers and learn about the local wildlife species you might spot – from barn owls to chalk hill blue butterflies
  • Take a virtual animated tour of the RAF underground bunker at Truleigh Hill, giving you a glimpse into the site’s history and hidden heritage.


If you would like to find out more about the project, please contact the project officer to find out more:

Phil Paulo (Community Landscape Project Officer Truleigh Hill)
Email: Tel: 01730 819283 Mobile: 07384 513814