February 2020: We continue to have problems with Ash Dieback, particularly in the Horseshoe Woods but also anywhere where Ash are growing across the Steyning Downland. Ash trees are prone to sudden collapse and can drop limbs without warning. The Wiston Estate has put up notices and their contractors have been working to remove dead and dangerous Ash from the Upper Horseshoe bridleway, but we are far from being 'out of the woods' yet. Please AVOID walking in the woods during windy days and take special care at other times - thank you.

Welcome to the Steyning Downland Scheme

We create inspiring opportunities for people through volunteering, engaging events and inclusive access, so improving the Steyning Downland for wildlife and for present and future generations to enjoy.


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

About SDS

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