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Wander through the South Downs and it is impossible not to be impressed by the beauty of our woodland.

You can discover some of the largest yew woodlands in the UK, lose yourself in steep valley sides cloaked in hangar woodlands, large oak and beech woodland complexes and traditional coppice woodland.

In all, 23 per cent of the South Downs National Park is covered by woodland, and half of this has been there for over 400 years.

Our woodlands are an important part of the heart and character of the South Downs National Park and are important for their biodiversity, recreation, well being and for economic development.

Our woodlands also play a huge role in the enjoyment of the South Downs – 10,000 hectares of woodland is open for public access, that’s over half of all open access land in the National Park.


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