THE hard work of 24 volunteers who help to care for the South Downs has been recognised.
Members of the South Downs volunteer rangers were given special long service awards.
Collectively, they have racked up 280 years of service.
Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: ‘Long before the South Downs became a National Park these dedicated volunteers were out clearing scrub, hedge laying, coppicing and caring for our landscapes – come rain, wind or sunshine.
‘Their hard work has supported local communities, protected archaeological heritage, improved access and supported endangered native species such as the natterjack toad, barn owl and the Duke of Burgundy butterfly.
‘We are all grateful for their contribution and I feel proud to be awarding these long services awards.’
The award for 20 years’ service went to: Helena Lewis, Peter Rolfe, Phil Luffingham, and Peter Tucker.
Ten years’ service awards went to: John Dutton, Richard Holkham, Roger Beaumont, Dave Nightingale, Richard Jones, Tim Visick, John Luck, Matthew Fry, Sue Disney, Frank Parkinson, Ron Wells, Terry Doyle, Jean Hicks, Jake Wright, Mike Rowe, Edna Zammit, Neal Beck, Chantal Laurent, Rob Tiffin, Coralie Tiffin, and Adrian White.