The South Downs National Park became fully operational in April 2011. The park, covering an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) in southern England, stretches from Winchester to Eastbourne through the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex.
The national park covers the chalk hills of the South Downs (which on the English Channel coast form the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head) and a substantial part of a separate physiographic region, the western Weald, with its heavily wooded sandstone and clay hills and vales.
The Hampshire or Hampshire Down is a breed of sheep which originated around 1829. This sheeps are still an important part of the landscape today, helping to manage the beautiful chalk downland and maintaining fertility on the thin chalk soils of the area, as well as providing delicious local meat.
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