Calendar features rural gems from the South Downs

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THE natterjack toad and famous sights such as the Seven Sisters cliffs are among the gems that make up a new calendar showcasing the South Downs.

To celebrate the first year of the National Park, the park authority has teamed up with Harvey’s Brewery to create a calendar with a range of iconic images, including the wildlife and bustling market towns.

Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: ‘For two centuries Harvey’s has brewed beer in the South Downs and by continuing to support farmers by using local produce they are, in turn, helping farmers to maintain the spectacular landscape captured in this calendar.’

Miles Jenner, joint managing director of Harvey’s, which is Sussex’s oldest brewery dating back to 1790, said: ‘There are obvious links between Harvey’s and the South Downs National Park.

‘We restrict supplies of our beers to a 60-mile radius of Lewes and have won many environmental awards over the years. Wherever possible we source our raw materials locally, including malting barley grown on the Norfolk Estate in Arundel.’

The national park covers 628 square miles and includes Petersfield and parts of Catherington.

Mr Jenner added: ‘We are proud to be a part of the region’s rich heritage and have greatly enjoyed working with the National Park Authority to promote the South Downs National Park.’