South Downs park rangers rebuild caravan

A RECONSTRUCTED shepherd’s caravan with parts dating back more than 100 years has been unveiled at the South Downs National Park stand at the South of England Show – and awarded second prize in the farming and wildlife category.

The caravan has taken a team of volunteer rangers six months to build using salvaged parts and old drawings and photos. The completed shepherd’s caravan will be joined at the South of England Show by a small flock of South Downs sheep on loan from the South Downs Sheep Society. It will then tour the National Park at other events and shows over the summer.

Chief executive Trevor Beattie said: “The time the volunteer rangers have put in is a celebration of our heritage and a reminder of the central role farming plays in the landscape of the park.”