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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 June 2006, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Downs countryside future set out
Seven sisters, Sussex coast
Seven Sisters Country Park is in the Sussex Downs protected area
A 20-year project setting out a future for the South Downs countryside has been unveiled.

The scheme, put forward by officers who manage the protected chalk grassland, sets out plans for livestock, grassland, heaths, rivers and woodland.

Consultation, which will include day visitors and holidaymakers, will run until the end of October.

Most of the protected downland in East Hampshire and Sussex is expected to be made Britain's newest national park.

The South Downs Joint Committee (SDJC), which manages the downs, has put the plan forward.

It said consultation was on behalf of central and local government agencies and anyone with "a passion for the South Downs".

Meetings will target farmers and landowners, parish councils, local communities and special interest groups, Martin Beaton, SDJC's South Downs Officer said.

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