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REINTRODUCING water voles and promoting green-friendly transport are some of the achievements in a national park, a report says.

The annual review of the South Downs National Park Authority has highlighted some of the successes of the last year, including installing an extra five miles of cycle track.

Sunday bus services into the park have also been increased.

Other work included resurfacing 1,575m of the South Downs Way at five places, replacing 46 signposts and repairing or replacing 24 gates

The area – which has more woodland than any other national park – has managed to increase the amount of forest in active management by 14 per cent.

Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the Midhurst-based authority, said: ‘We’re proud to work with a wide range of organisations, landowners, farmers, local businesses, residents and visitors – all committed to caring for the park.

‘Our annual review shows how the National Park Authority is spearheading this work.

‘This review gives an insight to the authority’s own progress to date and the work we are undertaking.’