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Record turnout for South Downs Dark Skies Festival

March 8th, 2019

Thousands of people enjoyed a range of fun space-themed activities during the third annual South Downs Dark Skies Festival. Events took place across the National Park during the fortnight and the headline events, Stargazing South Downs, saw a record turnout. More than 700 people came to Lewes Town Hall to enjoy the family activities, while […]

Celebrating Women Custodians of the National Park

March 8th, 2019

Some 112,000 people live and work within the South Downs National Park boundaries, with many more coming in to visit. Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area takes a lot of dedicated work. Women are at the forefront of those efforts and on International Women’s Day we’re celebrating the […]

NFU & South Downs rangers team up to prevent dog attacks on farm animals

March 5th, 2019

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is once again hoping to educate dog walkers about the need to use a lead near livestock and when in the countryside. It is joining forces with South Downs National Park Authority rangers across Sussex, in a bid to reduce the incidence of dog attacks on farm animals by encouraging […]

Soft Sand Review in West Sussex

March 4th, 2019

“There has been substantial interest since this initial consultation launched in January and we would urge interested parties to have their say before the consultation period concludes. We sought to protect the National Park from major mineral allocations in the Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex which was adopted in July 2018. We were […]

Count the stars and help to save them

February 8th, 2019

Written by Emma Marrington, Senior Rural Policy Campaigner at Campaign to Protect Rural England. Image above © Matthew Savage. When was the last time you experienced a truly dark, star-filled night sky, even in the countryside? Or saw the beauty of the Milky Way clearly? It’s part of our national heritage but I suspect that […]

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