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What is the Partnership Management Plan?

What is the Partnership Management Plan?

The Partnership Management Plan sets out the overarching five-year strategy for the management of the South Downs National Park. It is a plan that sets out to shape the future of your South Downs National Park.

The South Downs National Park plays a special role well beyond its borders. It is of international, national, regional, and local importance. National Parks are designated because of their spectacular landscapes, and the ‘special qualities’ of the South Downs include wildlife, cultural heritage, outstanding opportunities for recreation, learning and inspiration, and a thriving rural economy with strong communities.

Like all the National Parks, the South Downs is a living, working and populated landscape, which has been subject to countless and continuous influences over millennia.

Despite many pressures, its special qualities have endured – largely due to the efforts of many who live or work in it or visit it – but we need to work together to shape its future given its position as a fragile jewel in the busy South East of England.

The Partnership Management Plan brings together and coordinates the aspirations of many different partners who help contribute towards the purposes for which it was designated.

The Plan is the single most important policy document for the National Park. It consists of a vision, three linked strategic themes and 10 outcomes which set where we would like to get to by 2050. The themes and outcomes work together and have equal importance.

You can read the Partnership Management Plan either in full or at a glance:


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