AN ENVIRONMENT shaped by centuries of farming with breathtaking views and a rich cultural heritage.
These are among the qualities people living and working in the South Downs have identified as being special about the new national park.
The survey was carried out by the new South Downs National Park Authority to help it develop a list of the things which make the park special.
The list of seven ‘special qualities’ will be used as a baseline for measuring how the park changes over time and to hold the national park authority and its many partners accountable for their work.
To make sure these qualities reflected the views of the people living in the area, the national park authority invited residents and visitors, landowners and farmers, businesses, school pupils, parish councils and many others to put forward their ideas.
These were then developed into a list of seven Special Qualities.
More information about the ‘special qualities’ can be found at on the South Downs National Park forum http://southdownsforum.ning.com/forum/topics/completion-of-special-qualities-consultation.