In the week that London was declared a National Park City, we were delighted that London's third National Nature Reserve (NNR), the South London Downs National Nature Reserve was created on our doorstep.
This is a 417-hectare site along the border of Croydon and Surrey with stunning views across south London that connects areas that will benefit wildlife and people. The area includes land owned by the London Borough of Croydon and City of London and comprises Happy Valley, Farthing Downs, Riddlesdown, Hawkhirst, Kenley Common and Coulsdon Common.
The Trust was pleased to share a stall with the Downlands Project at the launch on 25th July. The Project are involved in practical conservation work, including grazing, on parts of the NNR.
The photo shows (left to right) Emma, a stock checker for the Project, Helen Cocker Operations Manager of the Surrey Countryside Partnerships Team, Dominic North, Countryside Warden at Happy Valley, Connor Harrison, Assisting Grazing Officer of the Downlands Project and Pamela Mascall, Trustee of the Downlands Trust,