January 2019: Ash Dieback first appeared at the Steyning Downland in 2017 and has really started to take hold. Ash trees infected with the disease are at high risk of falling without much warning.

We'll be working hard over the next few weeks to clear badly infected and dangerous trees from our Public Rights of Way at the Horseshoe. There may be some disruption to your normal walking route during this time, so please bear with us. For more information, about where and why we're doing this clearance work, please contact the office.

Welcome to the Steyning Downland Scheme

Mission Statement: We are a small land management charity with a big heart. We reconnect local people from all walks of life to our unique piece of local downland, benefiting their mind, body and spirit. We create inspiring opportunities for new people to join the community through volunteering, engaging events and inclusive access, so improving this special place 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

Find out what Steyning Downland Scheme does and who we are

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

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