Future management of Ditching Beacon

We are working with local communities and landowners to connect people with nature and address challenges facing the Sussex Downs, in order to protect this fragile chalk grassland landscape for future generations.

As part of this project, Sussex Wildlife Trust is considering how to improve Ditchling Beacon for people and wildlife. Before coming to any conclusions, we are anxious to get the views of people and organisations that value the site as an important greenspace or have a specialist interest in its wildlife, history, status as common land or other features. The first stage of a consultation ended in January 2021 (see links below). The second stage is running between 18 July and 30 September 2022 and we are keen to know what you think about the options being considered as a result of the first stage of the consultation. Please follow the links below to find out more and/or come along to one of our consultation events.

Second stage consultation

Consultation events

  • 28 July 2022, 9am-2pm: On site drop-in at Ditchling Beacon Car Park with short guided walks (at 10:30am and 1pm) to discuss the proposals, view the proposed fence line and receive comments. Staff from Sussex Wildlife Trust and the South Downs National Park will be present.
  • 31 August 2022, 12pm – 8pm: Drop in at Ditchling Village Hall to discuss the proposals and receive comments. Staff from Sussex Wildlife Trust and Footprint Ecology will be present.
  • 6 September 2022, 3pm-4pm: Online webinar with Sussex Wildlife Trust and Footprint Ecology staff to explain the proposals and receive comments. Please email [email protected] or call 01929 552444 to book on.
  • 8 September 2022, 7pm-8pm: Online webinar with Sussex Wildlife Trust and Footprint Ecology staff to explain the proposals and receive comments. Please email [email protected] or call 01929 552444 to book on.

First stage consultation