About us

About us

How we fit into the South Downs

How we work

The South Downs National Park Trust is the official charity of the South Downs National Park. We are an independent organisation, 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.

We are proud to support high quality projects, informed by the South Downs Rangers, local communities and environmental and heritage experts.

Our operating costs are secured until 2021, so every donation you make goes to delivering much-needed projects within your National Park.

South Downs Centre
West Sussex
GU29 9DH

Charity Number 1174975
Company Registration Number 10719031
Registered with the Fundraising Regulator

Our partners

Everything we do, both through fundraising and project delivering, is done in partnership.

We work with the very best individuals and organisations, who are working to enhance the South Downs National Park.

Langham Brewery team photo

Our Documents

Please click below to access our Annual Reports and Financial Statements:


Annual Report 2018-2019

Financial Statement 2017-2018

Presidents and Patrons

susan pyper

Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex

President of the South Downs
National Park Trust
Tom Floyd

Mr Tom Floyd, Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire

Vice President of South Downs National Park Trust
Michael Rudman

Mr Michael Rudman, Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex

Patron of South Downs National Park Trust


Julie Fawcett

Chair of the South Downs
National Park Trust

Josephine Carr


Helen Jackson


Greg Mahon


Dan Montagnani


Dean Orgill


Vance Russell


Toni Shaw



James Winkworth

James Winkworth

Head of

01730 819218

Favourite thing about the South Downs

The Village of Fulking at the foot of the downs. A pint in the Sheperd and Dog, followed by a steep walk up the downs to take in the views which stretch to the Sea and over to the North Downs on the other side.

Sophie Ritson

Sophie Ritson

Development Manager

01730 819259

Favourite thing about the South Downs

The 360 degree views at the top of Kingley Vale and its majestic yew trees.

Mark Rose

Mark Rose


01730 819219

Favourite thing about the South Downs

The view of the South Downs from the garden of The Three Horseshoes in Elsted, West Sussex.