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Friday 5th May 2017: A huge 'thank you' to The Wilson Memorial Trust for your very generous grant to the Steyning Downland Scheme, which has enabled us to push ahead with our brand new 'gateway' building! We'd also like to thank the South Downs National Park Authority and not least, the Goring Family (Wiston Estate) for their financial support for the project. There are a few issues to sort out before things can happen on the ground, but we hope to have things underway by late summer, with a view to completing by spring 2018. Watch this space for updates . . .

Welcome to the Steyning Downland Scheme

We manage 165 acres of woodland, species-rich chalk grassland and wetland in the South Downs National Park, just outside Steyning, West Sussex. As a UK registered charity our aim is to create a wide variety of opportunities for local people (particularly young people) to get 'hands-on' involvement in their local downland.

Almost everything we do is through volunteers. We organise nature conservation activities, research, community events, education and recreation days so that people can work together in decision-making and practical land management.

We work with a range of local and national organisations, including Steyning Grammar School, Steyning Community Orchard group, the South Downs National Park Authority, Butterfly Conservation, Wakehurst Place, Kew and A Rocha, a national Christian nature conservation organisation. The land we manage is part of the Wiston Estate and we work closely with the Goring family who own it.

“The hope is to foster a meeting of different minds and people, coming together in the pursuit of seeing the everyday miracle of creation and being inspired to hope for the future. . . .”

Richard Goring, Chair of the Trustees.

Bushcraft (10)

Site photo credits: Pete Varkala, Neil Hulme, Matthew Thomas

About SDS

Find out what Steyning Downland Scheme does and who we are

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What’s On

We run fantastic conservation events for all the family. Come and join the fun!

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