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illustration of people visiting Samphire Hoe Country ParkGo ‘out-out’ and explore South East England’s protected landscapes!

We’re delighted to be part of a campaign which aims to inspire younger people in urban areas to go “out-out”, escape city life, and explore the amazing countryside on their doorstep.

The campaign is the result of a partnership between the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the other protected landscapes in the South East – the South Downs National Park and the Surrey Hills, Chichester Harbour, and High Weald AONBs.

You may see the 1930s-inspired posters at major train stations and on buses across the South East as public transport providers South Western, Southern, South Eastern Railway, Great Western Railway, Metrobus, Stagecoach, and Brighton and Hove Buses have also joined forces to promote the campaign.

The initiative has received the backing of Julian Glover, who is currently leading a Government review aimed at making England’s most cherished landscapes fit for the future.

Mr Glover said: “This campaign to encourage young people to visit these fantastic landscapes will help show how getting out into nature is something everyone can enjoy, no matter what age, background or experience.”

Launching in the 70th anniversary year since the Government passed an Act of Parliament to establish National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the campaign comes as research shows millions of people in the UK do not have access to green space. A YouGov poll also showed Londoners were twice as likely to go to the Lake District than the South Downs, which is only an hour from the capital.

Nick Johannsen, Director of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit, said: “The protected landscapes in the South East are nothing short of incredible. The Kent Downs has everything from rolling hills to white cliffs as well as a bounty of natural, built and cultural heritage. We hope that this campaign will raise awareness of these unique breathing spaces and will inspire the younger generation to hop on a train or bus to explore.”

See www.going-outout.co.uk for more details.

Illustration of young visitors at Samphire Hoe

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