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Stellar news for South Downs

10 May 2016

CPRE applauds today's announcement that the South Downs, England's newest National Park, has been awarded Dark Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association. Reserves are designated by the international body if they meet standards for night sky quality and natural darkness in a core area, with a peripheral area that supports preserving the dark sky at the core.

Emma Marrington, CPRE's Senior Rural Policy Campaigner, says:

"We are thrilled that the South Downs National Park has been internationally recognised for the quality of its dark skies. This is a huge achievement for our most visited and populated National Park and shows that it is possible to have well designed outdoor lighting that does not cause light pollution. We hope this will inspire people to visit the park and experience a truly dark sky; an opportunity denied to many of us who live under the constant glow of light pollution.

It is testament to the tireless work by the National Park that they have gathered support from the communities that live in the area, from councils and other organisations, including CPRE. Their achievement means that the unusually dark skies of the South Downs will be protected for the benefit of current and future generations."

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