We work with local schools, particularly Steyning Grammar School on regular and special projects each year. Our regular projects include:

Discovery Days

Each year June take 150+ Year 7 students onto the Rifle Range to meet our experts and to hear about what makes the South Downs so special. Bee keepers, botanists, tree experts and even mountain bikers provide 20 minute lessons to groups of students through the day.

children learning about conservation in a field


The next day the students produce a wide range of project work, based on the things they have learned on the Steyning Downland Scheme. The standard is always astonishingly high and our volunteer experts have the difficult job of awarding prizes to the best.

Biodiversity display (2)

Winning T shirts

Downland Task Force

Each year between October and February teachers from the Steyning Grammar School take 8 tutor groups of 30 children for a day onto our Downland to learn about practical nature conservation. The students always have a wonderful time, clearing back scrub and cutting down trees with bow saws.

At Steyning Coombe, the Downland Task Force have been clearing invasive Ash trees from ancient chalk grassland for several years. It’s fair to say that the school children have had a crucial role in saving this important habitat from loss – thank you Steyning Grammar School!


We also host a Sunday Conservation Group which runs from 10am to 2.30pm on the last Sunday in the month for children of all ages from Steyning Grammar.

To find out more about the amazing conservation work that Steyning Grammar School does on the Steyning Downland Scheme, please contact Christine Humphries.

Special Projects

We often work with schools on special, one-off projects. Recently pupils from Steyning Grammar School produced our new logo, with a bit of help from a Steyning Downland Scheme volunteer:

Logo Group 4

The produced a series of drafts that were commented upon by the Steering Group and Trustees and then tested their designs with shoppers in Steyning High Street before presenting us with the final product – thank you SGS!