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.


Please visit our News page to see what we have been up to.

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

Latest Annual Report

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
Duke of Richmond

The Duke of Richmond and Gordon

Chairman of the Development Board

Founding Patrons

We are sincerely grateful to our founding patrons who have provided us with the necessary and long term support, to help us establish the Trust and our programmes.

Oliver and Mala Haarmann

Simon and Harriett Patterson

Franck R Petitgas

James and Bianca Pitt

Charles and Jans Rolls

Gordon and Jennifer Singer

James Tuttiett Charitable Trust


Julie Fawcett

Chair of the South Downs
National Park Trust

Josephine Carr


Richard Waring


Greg Mahon


Janet Duncton


Dan Montagnani


Dean Orgill


Vance Russell


Toni Shaw


Robin Parr

Charity Secretary


James Winkworth

James Winkworth

Head of
Sophie Ritson

Sophie Ritson

Development Manager

Miriam Swan




Contact us

We are based at the South Downs Centre in Midhurst.

South Downs Centre
North Street
West Sussex
GU29 9DH

01730 814810

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 09:00-17:00
Friday: 09:00-16:30
Saturday & Bank Holidays*: 09:00-13:00
(*summer opening for visitor information and exhibition only, from Easter to end of October)

Get in touch

We aim to deal with all enquiries as quickly as possible. Please help us by contacting the area that most closely matches your question, so that your message gets to the right person as quickly as possible.

General Enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact us at james.winkworth@southdownstrust.org.uk or call us on 01730 819218.

Volunteering Enquiries

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at volunteering@southdowns.gov.uk providing your name, address and availability.