Image via WikipediaToday the South Downs officially becomes a National Park under the newly formed South Downs National Park Authority. Bells will ring out along the 100+ mile stretch of the South Downs in celebration.
It's taken a good few years, if not decades to get to this stage. It was first suggested in the 40's when the first National Parks were designated, consultation started on the proposed park in 1999 and finally agreed in 2009 with the National Park being designated in 2010 and now handed over to the South Downs NPA.
Some of the hard working volunteers were featured today on local news programmes, out working near Lewes. Hundreds of volunteers help to shape and maintain the Downs and that work will continue. If you'd like to get involved there are plenty of volunteering groups now listed on the South Downs National Park website, including my own local group - Friends of Telscombe Tye.