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United we stand!

In our efforts to protect the South Downs landscape for this and future generations we never lose sight of being one of a network of national park societies across the country, each fighting the good fight– ever conscious that a threat […]

The National Park Five Years On

It is just five years since the South Downs National Park came into being and, to mark this anniversary, the first (and hitherto the only) chair of the National Park Authority, Margret Paren, has set out on the park’s online […]

National park hosts MP fact finding visit

T The Society has today, 2 March, issued the following press release:   National park “Friends” group, the South Downs Society, has hosted a visit from shadow minister Barry Gardiner MP at Seven Sisters Country Park. The MP was responding […]

National Park Friends Group Defends the Borders

The Society has submitted a strong objection to a planning application for 140 dwellings just within the national park boundary on the western edge of Liphook in East Hants. We have issued a press release on this, full text below. […]

Monitoring the National Park Planning Committee

At the end of 2013 the Society reviewed the decisions reached by the National Park Authority’s Planning Committee at its more or less monthly meetings through the year. We posted our report on the Society website and shared it with […]

National Park Society Welcomes Fracking Ban

During debate in parliament on the Infrastructure Bill, the Energy Minister has made it clear this week that the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to extract shale oil and gas has the government’s support but, in response to growing concerns, […]

SDS asks for more stopping trains for national park

The South Downs Society, in responding to a timetable consultation by GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Southern, has pressed for more frequent stopping trains at  Amberley, Cooksbridge and Southease for the benefit of local residents and visitors to the national park. […]

The Society presses case for rail infrastructure

In response to a recent consultation by Network Rail on its Sussex Area Route Study, the Society submitted the following comments: “These are the comments of the South Downs Society, the national park society for the South Downs National Park. […]

An improved A27? Grounds for concern and caution.

National park “Friends” group, the South Downs Society, today expressed a mix of concern and caution over government’s controversial plans to invest in major expenditure on the A27 trunk road in Sussex. Said Society chairman, Robert Cheesman, “Our focus is […]