News Updates

  • Coultershaw Beam Pump
    The Coultershaw Beam Pump is located in the South Downs National Park near Petworth. It is part of the Coultershaw Heritage Site, run and maintained by volunteers from the Coultershaw […]
  • Eton New Town
    In recent years, the Government has changed national planning policies and how it calculates the numbers of homes each area should aim to provide. Lewes District Council is currently looking […]
  • Pondtail Wood Albourne–SAVED!
    Triumph after tragedy! You may remember about 5 years ago a new owner of Pondtail Wood in Albourne created a local controversy. Without appropriate permission, he created a new access […]
  • National Parks and the Climate Emergency
    The Campaign for National Parks, of which we are a member, produced a report in June entitled National Parks and the Climate Emergency. It starts with the premise that the […]
  • Benches Project Update
    As you know, we are working to improve bench provision along the whole South Downs Way (SDW) because this was highlighted by members as being something that was sorely lacking. […]
  • Looking at National Landscapes
    The Glover Review promoted a shared Landscapes Service to give a bigger voice to the National Landscapes – designated National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). In case […]
  • Historic Footpaths: Don’t Lose Your Way
    David Green, the Chairman of Access and Rights of Way Committee, is working with other organisations to identify historic footpaths and byways that may have gone unregistered. Claims can be […]
  • Tree Guards: Protectors or Polluters?
    Chris Steibelt, Trustee, is heading a new project and tells us why Friends of the South Downs have decided to launch this campaign It’s more than likely for this to […]
  • Rewilding the Downs
    Friends of the South Downs have been asked for our view on rewilding, especially in relation to the sensitive landscape of the South Downs. Glynn Jones has approached this controversial […]