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Thousands of people volunteer their time in the South Downs National Park, supporting projects in landscape and wildlife conservation, community development, and public access to the National Park itself.

There are lots of ways to become involved as a volunteer.

The South Downs National Park Authority supports several core areas of volunteering:

  • The Volunteer Ranger Service is comprised of over 200 volunteers who deliver landscape and wildlife conservation, and community access projects in support of the National Park ranger teams
  • South Downs Youth Action is a volunteering programme tailored to young people aged 16-25 who are keen to experience volunteering in the National Park
  • Microvolunteering is a quick and easy way for anyone and everyone to make a difference in the South Downs (and beyond!)
  • The South Downs Volunteering Network (SDVN) is a forum of over 170 organisations, both professional and volunteer-led who deliver on the purposes of the National Park

For general enquiries about volunteering or if you are a volunteering organisation looking to join the SDVN please email volunteering@southdowns.gov.uk


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