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ReNaturing the South Downs

The South Downs National Park is home to some incredibly beautiful and rare habitats and wildlife. 

The South Downs National Park is home to some incredibly beautiful and rare habitats and wildlife.

Our chalk grassland has up to 40 species in one square metre and our lowland heath is rarer than rainforest and home to all of our native reptiles and amphibians.

Even here, nature is under pressure, and it needs our help.

Currently 25% of the South Downs National Park is managed for nature. Together, with the South Downs National Park Authority, we want to increase this to 33% by 2030! That’s an extra 13,000 hectares, the equivalent of around 21,000 new football pitches.

But we can only do this with your help.

We need to raise £100million to achieve our ambitions to support both large and small nature recovery projects across the National Park, both on farmland but also in communities.

Can you donate to help nature to #ReNature?

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25% of the South Downs is currently managed for nature – we want to increase that to 33% by 2030

Beelines

Supporting our pollinators

Working with landowners across the South Downs, Beelines is planting new wildflower corridors to connect pockets of species-rich chalk grassland.

Pollinators like bees and butterflies play a crucial role in helping ReNature the South Downs, ensuring we have a good diversity of plant species across the landscape.

Simply sowing commercially sourced wildflower seeds is sadly not enough as often these mixes do not provide pollinators with the rich and long lasting food which they rely on.

Beelines is also developing a selection of native and locally sourced flowering plant seeds. This will provide pollen and nectar sources right across the flowering season, to support pollinators as they emerge throughout the year.

Trees for the Downs

Planting 100,000 trees over the next five years

With more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales, trees form a vital part of our precious South Downs landscape.

Pests and diseases like ash dieback and Dutch elm disease are growing concerns and threaten a significant number of trees nationally, including in the South Downs National Park.

After a tremendous! response to our initial 2020 appeal, Trees for the Downs will now look to plant 100,000 trees over the next 5 years, in community spaces, along roads and popular walking routes.

By planting a mix of tree species, including disease-resistant elm, we can ReNature the South Downs and ensure there is a healthy treescape for future generations of people, wildlife and plants to enjoy.