The Friends of the South Downs invite you to enter its free 2020 photographic competition celebrating the beauty of the South Downs National Park – its landscape, wildlife, buildings and other man-made structures contributing to the cultural heritage of the area. The Park stretches from Eastbourne to Winchester, covering the chalk downs of Sussex and East Hampshire and the sandstone country of the Western Weald. We have a Junior and Adult category and a unique area of inspirational beauty that can lift the soul at this time. With some iconic views, such as instantly recognisable Seven Sisters in East Sussex and Blackdown Hill, West Sussex, the highest point in the SDNPA; why not take this opportunity to seek out your own favourite views in this remarkable landscape.
About The Friends
The Friends of the South Downs are the membership charity to campaign, protect and conserve the landscape of the Park, so that in can be enjoyed by everyone for future generations.
They are pleased to report that a Friends of the South Downs joint project with the SDNPA Trust is now replacing stiles with kissing gates, helping the less mobile walker who still wishes to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors. The first gate is now completed and is located on the Rother walk near Midhurst. The gates have been thoughtfully designed in conjunction with the Park Authority and made of oak to blend in with their surroundings. The Friends of the South Downs see this work as fulfilling our mission in enhancing the Park and its facilities so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.
Walks and Strolls
They organise over 200 walks and strolls each year for our members, some of which are open to the broader public as “tasters”, although they have unfortunately had to suspend the programme due to COVID restrictions. In the meantime we are promoting some interesting self-guided walks on our website for you to follow. The volunteers work to stop damaging building developments, to keep open the network of footpaths and bridleways and to extend the areas of access land on the Downs.
Some of our history
We have also done some exciting some work recently with local film maker Richard Vobes, the “Bald Explorer” who has filmed our trustee Glynn Jones explaining about our inception in 1923, some of our key achievements as well as future plans. Take a look on this link to see the film and learn more about us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzlFDd7rMIQ
To find out more about their work and help keep this landscape safe for generations to come see: www.friendsofthesouthdowns.org.uk or call 01798 875073