On Sunday 27 July the society attended a special community open day at the new South Downs Centre in Midhurst. The event, to celebrate the new facility and mark the start of National Parks Week, was attended by over 500 visitors.
The Society received a very positive response from people we talked to at our stand. It was an excellent opportunity to talk about our work in protection of the unique landscape and the cultural heritage of the South Downs and we received a number of enquiries about membership and volunteering opportunities.
Some 50 people arrived via organised walks or cycled in from the surrounding area, with the Society leading walks in from Lodsworth, Stedham and Cocking. The Fernhurst Society organised a walk in from Fernhurst.
A number of other local groups were at the event to talk about their projects, including The South Pond group, Coultershaw Heritage and Beam Pump Trust and Butser Ancient Farm. Meanwhile young people were kept entertained with giant jigsaws, a mobile planetarium, sash making and face painting.
The Society is pleased to have been able to support the South Downs National Park Authority at this well attended event.