Public Events

We run a program of talks and other events open to the public which complement our objective of preserving and protecting the South Downs National Park. Our aim is to update our members and supporters of our campaigns and activities.

Our Next Event

Farming with Nature: a visit to Saddlescombe Farm

Wednesday 26 June 2024, 10:00am for a 10:15 start

This will be a two-hour tour, partly on foot but also on tractor and seated trailer. Parking will be at the NT Devil’s Dyke car park with transport to the farm. We’d like to meet at 10:00 for a 10:15 start. Lunch after the visit can be taken at the nearby pubs, the Wildflower café on site or perhaps bring your picnic if the weather is kind. Please follow the link for more information and booking instructions.

There is currently much emphasis and enthusiasm to increase biodiversity and to restore nature and tackle climate change. This visit will provide participants with an opportunity to see this at first hand at a very practical (grass roots!) level.

Saddlescombe Farm is a 450-acre (180 Hectares) farm with a herd of Sussex cattle with a very strong emphasis on environmental management. The buzz word now is ‘regenerative farming’, recognizing the carbon captured by the plants and soil, all helping in some small way to tackle climate change.

How to Read a Tree: A Talk with Tristan Gooley

Monday 23 September 2024, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Do two trees ever appear identical? No, but why? Every small difference is a clue.

Each tree we meet is filled with signs that reveal secrets about the life of that tree and the landscape we stand in. The clues are easy to spot when you know what to look for but remain invisible to most people.

Tristan will tell us about his new book How to Read a Tree and you’ll discover firsthand the simple principles that explain the shapes and patterns you can see in trees and what they mean. And you’ll learn rare skills that can be applied every time you pass a tree, whether you are in a town or a wilder spot!

This event is ​brought to you by Friends of the South Downs and Friends of Chichester Harbour.

Some Past Events