Enhancing Your South Downs

This land is your land

These are your hills and valleys, your views and your landscapes. Help support their present and future.

The South Downs is an understated, tranquil oasis. From the gentle rolling hills of Hampshire to the iconic white cliffs of East Sussex, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of beautiful and breath-taking views, rich wildlife and glorious English countryside.

We are an independent charity increasing support for our much loved landscape

Our Projects

School Travel Grant

Children in the South Downs

We are supporting more children from low income families to experience learning outside the classroom in the South Downs National Park. 

Apprentice Ranger Programme

Some of the traditional skills and knowledge needed to preserve our landscape, such as flint stone walling or traditional hedge laying, are in decline. 

Protecting Butterflies

Silver-spotted Skipper

Working in partnership with Butterfly Conservation to plant 550 disease-resistant elm, to protect the White-letter Hairstreak Butterfly

apply for a grant

South Downs National Park Trust has a number of grants available to communities and organisations that want to deliver projects that will help deliver the South Downs National Park Partnership Management Plan.

Whether you would like to restore your local pond, deliver an environmental education programme or install interpretation panels to tell visitors about the special qualities of your village and the National Park, we would like to hear from you.

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About the south downs
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The South Downs National Park Trust is the official charity of the South Downs National Park. We are independent from the National Park Authority, governed by an autonomous and experienced board of trustees who oversee our work.

We are small but have big ambitions. We want to see more land managed for wildlife, more rare habitats protected, more local communities thriving and more people able to access and enjoy their National Park. This requires more investment and we want to secure and direct the substantial goodwill that exists for the South Downs to places where it can make a real difference.

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