Funding Appeal – help us make a difference!

Please support the South Downs Network (SDN) with a donation or become a sponsor. Just CLICK HERE to make an online donation.

If you would like to sponsor the SDN please contact us by CLICKING HERE. Our Treasurer will reply with further information and out bank account details.  Thank you!

Over the recent years the need for the South Downs Network (SDN) to both speak out on important issues and campaign on environmental issues has increased ranging from planning and protecting the landscape to climate change and wildlife . This has put pressure on our volunteers and member organisations. In addition to these challenges, we have a number of projects which we would like to pursue. It’s become clear that these projects require resources and to make them a success we will have to raise money to pay for the skills and services needed.

Please find below a note about our organisation. also please have a look at our website, which will give you some background on the issues we’re speaking out on or are campaigning on. Also here are some examples of the projects which need funds to pursue:

Other projects we wish to pursue and lead on with our member organisations include:

  • South Downs Way – development of low-cost accommodation for hikers and walkers on or near the route 
  • Rewilding
  • Tree and hedgerow planting and care
  • Cleaning up our streams and rivers
  • Active Travel – safe cycling, walking and horse-riding
  • Better planning – to avoid developers concreting over the countryside
  • Carbon reduction in farming
  • Improvements in public transport rather than massive road building programmes
  • Countryside projects – programmes for children and young people

About Us

The South Downs Network (SDN) works as a collaborative ‘hub’ in partnership with local organisations and charities to support their interests and protect the environment of the South Downs National Park.  For more information click HERE

Our pro-active network has evolved from the ‘South Downs Campaign’, where for over 20 years we brought 160 local, regional, and national groups together, to fight for National Park designation. Following this achievement, the South Downs Network was formed in 2010 with the mission to protect the Park and to raise any future concerns within the SDNPA. The South Downs Network is currently made up of over 40 independent groups and charities across the South Downs National Park including organisations such as CPRE and the Wildlife Trusts in Hampshire and Sussex (for a list of member organisations see Our Members list.

We share relevant information and will campaign for the best possible environmental outcomes to protect the beauty and landscape of the Park.  Our aim is to ensure careful planning to build a green, sustainable future, and to contribute to meeting the UK’s decarbonisation target to cut emissions by at least 68% by 2030. We are keen to promote environmental projects, good causes and opportunities to enhance the enjoyment and benefits of the National Park for its communities.

Another important role for the SDN is to promote our collective knowledge of issues, opportunities, and threats to our communities across the National Park, involving our members on relevant concerns. These can include a whole array of issues from adverse aspects of new planning developments and changes in legislation/regulations.

As a network spanning 1,627 sq. km across the Park, we stand united with our members and will raise concerns and make any necessary objections to the SDNPA if and when required, with media coverage where appropriate.

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