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The landscape character of the South Downs is rich and complex. The area’s designation as a National Park recognises that it is a landscape of national importance.

Landscape Character Assessment is an approach that allows us to categorise and describe the landscape in terms of distinct patterns, elements that distinguish them from another. It helps to identify the features that create local distinctiveness and gives the landscape it’s unique ‘sense of place’.

Find Government information about national and regional landscape characters

Landscape Character Assessments are undertaken by county and local authorities to supplement national and regional character assessments.

These character assessments should be considered in the preparation of your Local Landscape Character Assessment. More information on character assessments covering the National Park’s area can be found at:


"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."