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April 2021: After a good deal of restoration work by local volunteers, we're pleased to announce the SDS Mountain Biking area is open again. To find out more about you can help to maintain the trails, do get in touch - thank you!

Welcome to the Steyning Downland Scheme

We manage 165 acres (66 ha) of the Wiston Estate, on the South Downs National Park, near Steyning, West Sussex. A registered charity since 2009, we reconnect local people from all walks of life to our unique piece of species-rich downland, benefiting their mind, body and spirit. We create inspiring opportunities for new people to join the community through active volunteering, engaging events and inclusive access, so improving this special place for wildlife and for present and future generations to enjoy.

Watch our Video

Huge thanks to Neil Pringle of Neil Pringle Productions for making this video for us!