Vision of the future of South Downs National Park

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A ‘VISION’ of how the South Downs National Park should look in the next 40 years has been agreed by members of the park authority.

By 2050 members said they hoped the iconic English lowland landscapes and heritage would have been conserved and greatly enhanced: “These inspirational and distinctive places, where people live, work, farm and relax, are adapting well to the impacts of climate change and other pressures.

“People will understand, value, and look after the vital natural services. Large areas of high-quality and well-managed habitat will form a network supporting wildlife throughout the landscape.”

In addition their stated vision includes: “Opportunities will exist for everyone to discover, enjoy, understand and value the national park.

“Its special qualities will underpin the economic and social well-being of the communities in and around it, which will be more self-sustaining and empowered to shape their own future.

“Its villages and market towns will be thriving centres for residents, visitors and businesses and supporting the wider rural community.

“Successful farming, forestry, tourism and other business activities within the National Park will actively contribute to, and derive economic benefit from, its unique identity and special qualities.”