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Generosity and goodwill of guests gives big boost for National Park

November 6th, 2019

More than £3,000 has been donated by guests at one of East Sussex’s most iconic hotels to help protect the South Downs National Park for future generations. The team from Deans Place, in Alfriston, were beaming with pride as the donation was given to the South Downs National Park Trust, a charity working to support […]

“National Parks are the natural health service” – meet the woman looking to develop the mental health benefits of the South Downs

November 1st, 2019

Meet Kate Drake, the new dedicated Health and Wellbeing officer for the South Downs National Park. On the back of mounting medical evidence of the strong link between getting active in green open spaces and wellness, the National Park is devising new strategies that encourage people to make the most of this tranquil oasis for […]

One big happy family! First footage of mother otter and cubs delights wildlife lovers

November 1st, 2019

Adorable footage of a mother otter and her two cubs provides the first definitive proof that the iconic creatures are breeding on the River Meon. Thought to be locally extinct in Hampshire until a few years ago, the incredible video is further evidence of reductions in river pollution that is allowing the secretive mammals to […]

Final call for votes as deadline looms for People’s Choice Award

October 24th, 2019

Nearly 1,000 votes have been cast by the public for the first Design Awards of the South Downs National Park. To give people a chance to get their vote in, the deadline for the People’s Choice Award has been extended by five days, now closing at midnight on November 5. Sixteen unique projects have been […]

Riding high as community celebrates revamped bus stops

October 24th, 2019

A beautifully-crafted timber shelter is the centrepiece of a revitalised bus service serving villages around Petersfield and Midhurst. Residents gathered to celebrate the unveiling of Rogate’s unique bus shelter – designed and built by woodsman Ben Law, who was made famous by his intricate “house in the woods” on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. The rundown […]

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