Green fields and blue skies on the South Downs Way

Christmas is nearly here

17th December 2015

Christmas is nearly here even though some of the countryside seams to think its spring. I’ve seen daffodils in flower and lambs out in the fields!

This last week has been one of Christmas parties (after work) and end of year staff meetings followed by mince pies and mulled wine. We have also been thanking our hard working volunteers with Christmas lunches. Today it was the turn of the Eastern Downs mid-week volunteer teams. We had around 50 volunteers out clearing scrub for us in the morning, followed by a buffet lunch and a guest speaker in the afternoon. Our speaker was Prof David Goulson an ecologist specialising in bumble bees from the university of Sussex. It was a really, lively, interesting and informative talk. These large get togethers of our volunteers are really inspiring because it shows so dramatically how much work can be achieved by 50 willing people in just a few hours. So thank you to all our volunteers that have worked so hard right across the South Downs all year.

Over this last week or so I’ve been talking further with colleagues about creating some fitting end markers at both Eastbourne and Winchester and have also been talking to partners, the National Trust at Winchester City Mill with regards to marking the end of the Trail in Winchester.

So only a few days to go now to get those last few Christmas presents. Don’t forget to check out the National Trails shop or sign up to and support South Downs Way national Trail every time you shop on-line.

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