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South Downs National Park status
Finally, sixty years after it was first proposed, the South Downs have been granted National Park status. The South Downs National Park, which runs through the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, is to include the market town of Lewes and the ancient village of Ditchling - renowned for its history as a centre of the arts.
This year, 2010 is the final year of the South Downs Joint Committee. On 1st April 2011, the responsibility for the South Downs will pass to the new South Downs National Park Authority.
Sussex Nature Reserves
Whatever your passion - birds, rare orchids, butterflies, bats ... the South Downs, as an area of outstanding natural beauty are also a haven for all kinds of wildlife, flora and fauna. The management of the Downs entails ensuring that a careful ecological balance is sustained.
Sussex Nature and Conservation groups
For specific details and links to their sites, check out our 'Sussex Nature and Conservation groups' section. The following groups are listed at present; if you would like your group included please use our contact us page.
To see a map of the most recent boundary proposals
The Chattri is located in the heart of the South Downs. It is a memorial to the deaths of Indian Muslim soldiers in the First World War. Many of these injured soldiers were taken to hospitals in Brighton and Hove; 53 of those who subsequently died were then cremated in a funeral pyre on the South Downs. The commemorative dome - 'Chattri' means 'umbrella' in Hindi, was inaugurated in 1921.