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Following Government advice to stay safe and protect the NHS, we are working hard to continue to deliver for you. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service

South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service

To keep our staff and volunteers safe, all volunteering has been suspended until further notice. 

Read our latest guidance on visiting the South Downs National Park

The South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service (VRS) is made up of 300 volunteers acting in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), looking after and helping to conserve the special qualities of the South Downs.

The group seeks to assist the SDNPA and its partners in improving and promoting the landscape, wildlife, public access and heritage of the South Downs National Park.
Historically, the main activities of the VRS have been practical conservation and access improvement work. However, the VRS now also undertakes a wide variety of other work, for example, exploring the heritage of the National Park, working alongside SDNPA staff at public events and a variety of office based projects. This diversification of the work of the VRS is set to continue.

The help provided by such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people has made it possible to support and deliver a huge range of projects that could not otherwise have been achieved.


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