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Our vision for Seven Sisters Country Park

Our vision for Seven Sisters Country Park

Seven Sisters Country Park, encompasses 280 hectares of rolling chalk downland, flood plain meadow and wetland habitat, flanking the meanders of the Cuckmere Valley in East Sussex (famously painted by Eric Ravilious). It lies on the South Downs Way and, soon to be extended England Coastal Path, at the heart of the Sussex Heritage Coast and is an important gateway to the South Downs National Park. Fronted by the iconic Seven Sisters cliffs and seen in films such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Seven Sisters Country Park draws up to between 500,000–1 million visitors annually.

The South Downs National Park Authority has been named as the preferred bidder for Seven Sisters Country Park and we await the Secretary of State’s final decision before ownership is transferred to the National Park Authority.

The Authority is making a long-term commitment to Seven Sisters Country Park and is working with the South Downs National Park Trust to make substantial investment in the site. This investment underpins the Authority’s long-term plans to conserve and enhance Seven Sisters Country Park to ensure that it continues to be an iconic, healthy and cherished place for future generations. We want to deliver significant benefits through managing the landscape and improving natural habitats, as well as delivering a memorable experience for visitors so that they can fully understand, enjoy and care for this important landscape, while increasing the positive local economic impact of the Country Park.

Our vision for Seven Sisters Country Park, simply put, is:

An outstanding place for nature and people where the National Park’s partners and communities come together to demonstrate how to adapt to climate change.

This first phase of work consists of an investment of just under £2 million and focuses on ensuring the facilities are in place to effectively meet visitor numbers and to care for the landscape. This includes having adequate and accessible toilet facilities and parking, better signage to guide visitors, making caring for the landscape easier by having bins available for rubbish and supporting responsible dog behavior, and supporting people to travel by public transport.

We will keep this page up to date with our latest news on all things Seven Sisters Country Park.

You may also be interested in reading some of the FAQs about Seven Sisters Country Park.

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