A new charity, established by the South Downs National Park Authority, the South Downs National Park Trust is taking a park-wide approach to protect this extraordinary place for future generations. The Trust is raising funds to work in partnership with national and community based organisations, for the benefit of the Park and the people for whom it was created.
In order to achieve this the Trust is raising funds to support work in 5 key areas:
Conserving our landscape and its heritage The South Downs National Park has been sculpted through thousands of years of human interaction. The National Park’s rangers and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure our breath-taking views, unspoilt places, cultural history and heritage are protected.
Engaging people in outdoor learning Time spent outdoors helps improve health, well-being and social interaction; and helps to tackle the growing epidemic of obesity and mental health issues. The Trust is working to help thousands of young people develop each year, through hands-on outdoor learning within the National Park.
Working with our communities The South Downs National Park is a living landscape. It is the work of farmers, communities and voluntary organisations that makes our National Park a special place. The Trust is helping people make to a difference to the National Park by co-ordinating, partnering with and supporting their work.
Access for all National parks provide important breathing spaces and spending time in them can improve peoples lives. The Trust works to make sure everyone can access our National Park by establishing new walking and cycling routes and enhancing the rights of way network.
Protecting plants and species The Trust works with expert conservationists and ecologists to ensure our indigenous, rare and endangered species, such as the Adonis blue butterfly, water voles and the iconic barn owl can survive and flourish for the next generation.