Steyning Downland Scheme is a community group managing 165 acres of the Wiston Estate in the South Downs National Park. They work to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of their surroundings for the benefit of the community, the land, and its wildlife.
View from Steyning Downland Scheme. Photo by Lydia Reese

View from Steyning Downland Scheme. Photo by Lydia Reese

The Steyning Downland Scheme was initiated by the Goring family on the Wiston Estate which, in partnership with A Rocha UK, set aside this area for the enjoyment of the local community and the benefit of wildlife. These acres of chalk downland are comprised of species-rich grassland, a watercourse and ponds.

The SDS is now a charity and is run by a steering group formed of local volunteers. The steering group meet regularly to organise local events, take part in conservation training and organise regular events for reserve visitors. A wide range of activities takes place every year, from children and family focused events and workshops to bird walks, plant surveys and watercolour nature painting.

Big Picnic Event Bowling

Big Picnic Bowling. Photo by Andy Lester

The Steyning Downland Scheme welcomes volunteers, if you are able to offer skills or time to help out and get your hands dirty, please do get in touch!

For more information visit, or contact Matthew Thomas, SDS Project Manager, email / tel: 01903 817996