Mission Statement

The Steyning Downland Scheme engages the local community and young people in particular, in enhancing the natural beauty of 165 acres of the South Downs National Park for the benefit of the community, the land and its wildlife. We are a registered charity, run in accordance with Christian values, partnering with the Wiston Estate, the National Park Authority, A Rocha UK and local volunteers.

“This is a project about learning to see well. We are continually being bombarded with images from the media and advertising. Some are about global warming, some are about what pair of jeans to buy. Often they pull our eyes away from what is happening right under our noses. We may know what happens one mile under the sea but have little idea as to what lives in the pond next to the Rifle Range.

"The purpose of this project is to encourage us to learn what is happening in the local environment and act from that starting point. Particularly, we want to engage young people in understanding the world around them and how it is changing. 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 in a slightly fractured and despairing world.”

Richard Goring, Chair of the Trustees, January 2008

Find out About us

Steyning Downland map with grazing areas

Map of Steyning Downland Scheme with grazing areas

How it all began

Learn about the origins of SDS

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Meet the team

We are a mix of paid staff and volunteers

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Our policies

Our policies available as PDF files

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Annual reports

Archive of SDS Annual reports

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Links to relevant organisations

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