The Steyning Downland Scheme was initiated in 2007 by Wiston Estate, who owns much of the downland surrounding Steyning. The project aims to engage the local community, and young people in particular, all working to enhancing the natural beauty of their surroundings for the benefit of the community, the land and its wildlife. Steyning Grammar School has been involved with the project from the outset.
Since 2008 all of our Year 7 and most of our Year 8 tutor groups have spent one day working on an area of the Downs clearing scrub and trees to recreate an area of chalk grassland. This work is supported by many of our Duke of Edinburgh candidates from the Boarding House who give up one Sunday each month to ensure the projects success.
Year 7 also enjoy Discovery Days where they spend three days taking part in various workshops and tutorials based on the Downs. These days are supported by the local community who take part offering their time and expertise in subjects such as local mountain biking, bees and butterflies.
Steyning Downland Scheme is a wonderful location for outdoor learning and very much appreciated by both staff and students alike.
For more information on the scheme please visit www.steyningdownland.org