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South Downs showdown

June 2009

A look at the new National Park designation

South Downs Showdown

The South Downs area of England has finally been granted national park status - almost 60 years later than originally expected!

On account of its natural beauty and opportunities for open-air recreation, the granting of park status means that the area now has the highest level of protection available under the UK planning system.

However, the decision is not to everyone in the region’s liking. Why are some people in favour of making the South Downs a national park, while others are still opposed to it? And how do policy-makers know exactly where the park's boundaries should be drawn?


  • GCSE and AS/A2 teaching of rural management strategies
  • A2 investigation of post-productivist rural landscapes

In the Members' Area:

  • What challenges and opportunities does 'national park’ status bring to Britain’s South Downs?
  • How did policy-makers decide where the park's boundaries lie?
  • KS3 National Parks - links to the KS3 concept of 'Place'

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