Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

The past, present and future of the South Downs National Park

A presentation into the formation of the UK national parks movement, how the South Downs as a national park came into being, its incredible natural and cultural heritage assets and the challenges for the future. The talk will include a chance to watch a 30 minute version of the popular BBC4 film The South Downs: England’s Mountains Green which takes us into the heart of the UK’s newest national park – the South Downs, an extraordinary year exploring the park’s stunning landscapes, rich history, wildlife and people. What emerges is a portrait of one of Britain’s most iconic landscapes, described by William Blake as ‘England’s mountains green’.

Nick Heasman was born and raised in the South Downs, from an early age he started a career in the landscape. After working for the National Trust, Forestry Commission and protected landscapes across Cornwall, Wales and the Wye Valley, he returned 18 years ago to work in the South Downs National Park.

Nick Heasman is the Countryside and Policy Manager for the South Downs National Park Authority and trustee of the Gilbert White House and Oates Collection in Selborne. He leads a team that develops programmes to support and promote the protected landscape of the UK’s third largest and most populated National Park.

Nick lives in West Sussex with his family, relaxes by wading about in rivers, cheering on the Seagulls and walking by his dog.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start.


Gilbert White’s Field Studies Centre

Gilbert White’s Field Studies Centre is the Education Department of Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collection. Our mission is to inspire journeys of discovery in the natural world for all ages and abilities and throughout the seasons.

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