Part of the South Downs with the Long Man of Wilmington on the right
Image credit Sorcha

6000 years in the making, the South Downs (which includes the Long Man of Wilmington hill figure) was today officially designated as a National Park with an opening ceremony in Petersfield. Back in 2009 BBC news reported that –

“The South Downs area has been given national park status almost 60 years to the day since it was recommended. The South Downs, which covers parts of Sussex and Hampshire, was among 12 areas identified for national parks in the 1940s. Environment Minister Hilary Benn has said the area will become England’s ninth national park…

“The announcement means the area will be given the highest level of protection under the planning system.”

More here – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7973417.stm