Tom, Matty and Fergus, Housemates living in Brighton. All self employed.  About the virus. Tom says, Its a bit exciting and terrifying, its the biggests thing we've been through, its generational".   Matty says, " In terms of economy, the world will chang
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Tom, Matty and Fergus, Housemates living in Brighton. All self employed. About the virus. Tom says, Its a bit exciting and terrifying, its the biggests thing we've been through, its generational". Matty says, " In terms of economy, the world will change, it might bring back a more post-WW2 mentality where people consume and spend on what they need not what we dont have" About the South Downs, Matty says " I can see why it is a natioanl Park" Fergus, " I think we need more National Parks, not fewer" Cuckmere Haven beach. ×
Tom, Matty and Fergus, Housemates living in Brighton. All self employed. About the virus. Tom says, Its a bit exciting and terrifying, its the biggests thing we've been through, its generational". Matty says, " In terms of economy, the world will change, it might bring back a more post-WW2 mentality where people consume and spend on what they need not what we dont have" About the South Downs, Matty says " I can see why it is a natioanl Park" Fergus, " I think we need more National Parks, not fewer" Cuckmere Haven beach. ×

Spring 2020, people in the UK are in lockdown. Meanwhile, Britains youngest National Park, the South Downs turns an unceremonious 10 years old this year. 


These are portraits of local households having their statutory right of once-a-day excercise, thankful of the open green spaces the South Downs offer. From the white cliffs of the Seven sisters to discreet woods at the foot of grassy hills.


All photos have captions and quotes from the subjects with views on the corona virus and what the South Downs National Park means to them. 


All photographs by Jonathan Browning and taken in Spring 2020. 

Lucy and Stephen Foy with their two kids Esme and George, from Brighton. Lucy has recently been made redundant due to the virus. Why out on South Downs; " This is our statutory daily exercise and quality time" says Lucy. .. "
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Lucy and Stephen Foy with their two kids Esme and George, from Brighton. Lucy has recently been made redundant due to the virus. Why out on South Downs; " This is our statutory daily exercise and quality time" says Lucy. .. " We come to the South Downs a lot, its our playground and now the kids are older we can use it better, by going cycling, walking and climbing hills" Stephen replies on any benefits of the virus, "Its slowed everything down which we really like, so its not all bad" 

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Lucy and Stephen Foy with their two kids Esme and George, from Brighton. Lucy has recently been made redundant due to the virus. Why out on South Downs; " This is our statutory daily exercise and quality time" says Lucy. .. " We come to the South Downs a lot, its our playground and now the kids are older we can use it better, by going cycling, walking and climbing hills" Stephen replies on any benefits of the virus, "Its slowed everything down which we really like, so its not all bad" 

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Jessica Partridge and Ondre Santos, a couple from Eastbourne. "They have been coming the the Seven Sisters nearly everday whilst sunny to watch the sunset together. " We are both out of work now and Andrea has bad asthma, so we are being very careful, its
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Jessica Partridge and Ondre Santos, a couple from Eastbourne. "They have been coming the the Seven Sisters nearly everday whilst sunny to watch the sunset together. " We are both out of work now and Andrea has bad asthma, so we are being very careful, its the first time out today ...our food is brought to us by my sister so we dont need to go out shopping" We come to the South Downs alot, or just for a drive. 

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Jessica Partridge and Ondre Santos, a couple from Eastbourne. "They have been coming the the Seven Sisters nearly everday whilst sunny to watch the sunset together. " We are both out of work now and Andrea has bad asthma, so we are being very careful, its the first time out today ...our food is brought to us by my sister so we dont need to go out shopping" We come to the South Downs alot, or just for a drive. 

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Jessica Partridge and Ondre Santos, a couple from Eastbourne. "They have been coming the the Seven Sisters nearly everday whilst sunny to watch the sunset together. " We are both out of work now and Andrea has bad asthma, so we are being very careful, its
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Jessica Partridge and Ondre Santos, a couple from Eastbourne. "They have been coming the the Seven Sisters nearly everday whilst sunny to watch the sunset together. " We are both out of work now and Andrea has bad asthma, so we are being very careful, its the first time out today ...our food is brought to us by my sister so we dont need to go out shopping" We come to the South Downs alot, or just for a drive. 

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Jessica Partridge and Ondre Santos, a couple from Eastbourne. "They have been coming the the Seven Sisters nearly everday whilst sunny to watch the sunset together. " We are both out of work now and Andrea has bad asthma, so we are being very careful, its the first time out today ...our food is brought to us by my sister so we dont need to go out shopping" We come to the South Downs alot, or just for a drive. 

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Father, Abu, Wife, Omayma and Child, Ahmed. They have come all the way from Slough, " It is our 4 year anniversary and we wanted to come somewhere special but with no people, around us the parks are too busy"  Asked about the virus situations, " Its quite
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Father, Abu, Wife, Omayma and Child, Ahmed. They have come all the way from Slough, " It is our 4 year anniversary and we wanted to come somewhere special but with no people, around us the parks are too busy" Asked about the virus situations, " Its quite tragic and we hope the best for all the people affected but it and encourage people to get fit and boost their immune system" It is their first time the the South Downs National Park, and their closest. " It is beautiful and lovely"    Cuckmere Haven Beach.

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Father, Abu, Wife, Omayma and Child, Ahmed. They have come all the way from Slough, " It is our 4 year anniversary and we wanted to come somewhere special but with no people, around us the parks are too busy" Asked about the virus situations, " Its quite tragic and we hope the best for all the people affected but it and encourage people to get fit and boost their immune system" It is their first time the the South Downs National Park, and their closest. " It is beautiful and lovely"    Cuckmere Haven Beach.

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Becka Bowtell (26) in orange bib and Liz Jones (24) in yellow bib.  Liz has broken up from university and Becka works with racing horses.  Becka says " I have been riding horses up on the South Downs since I was five years old, its absolutely a great thin
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Becka Bowtell (26) in orange bib and Liz Jones (24) in yellow bib. Liz has broken up from university and Becka works with racing horses. Becka says " I have been riding horses up on the South Downs since I was five years old, its absolutely a great thing the South Downs were made a National Park. From Ditchling, 

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Becka Bowtell (26) in orange bib and Liz Jones (24) in yellow bib. Liz has broken up from university and Becka works with racing horses. Becka says " I have been riding horses up on the South Downs since I was five years old, its absolutely a great thing the South Downs were made a National Park. From Ditchling, 

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Tara Panchaud with daughters Libby and Hannah (17 and 18)  From Hurstpierpoint.   " We can just follow the government advice and do it respectfully"  Tara is helping repatriate Americans back to USA on a flight on Wednesday.  tarapanchaud@gmail.com
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Tara Panchaud with daughters Libby and Hannah (17 and 18) From Hurstpierpoint. " We can just follow the government advice and do it respectfully" Tara is helping repatriate Americans back to USA on a flight on Wednesday. 

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Tara Panchaud with daughters Libby and Hannah (17 and 18) From Hurstpierpoint. " We can just follow the government advice and do it respectfully" Tara is helping repatriate Americans back to USA on a flight on Wednesday. 

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Louis Eastwood (53) A Project Manager for glass partitioning.  Why is he here on the Downs; " I am taking a break from work (home working) to get some fresh air and exercise. My job would normally take me out the house to site visits around London which I
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Louis Eastwood (53) A Project Manager for glass partitioning. Why is he here on the Downs; " I am taking a break from work (home working) to get some fresh air and exercise. My job would normally take me out the house to site visits around London which I would commute to" About the South Downs " Its fantastic the South Downs was made into National Park, its preventing houses being made near here. Green spaces are precious and everybody wants them, including developers" Photographed on the area known locally as Tank tracks - where the British Army landscaped a hill side on South Downs for its tank test drives.

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Louis Eastwood (53) A Project Manager for glass partitioning. Why is he here on the Downs; " I am taking a break from work (home working) to get some fresh air and exercise. My job would normally take me out the house to site visits around London which I would commute to" About the South Downs " Its fantastic the South Downs was made into National Park, its preventing houses being made near here. Green spaces are precious and everybody wants them, including developers" Photographed on the area known locally as Tank tracks - where the British Army landscaped a hill side on South Downs for its tank test drives.

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Justin Felton (43), Laura Felton (39) with children Hattie (7) and Jackson (8) with their dog, Doogle (6).  Coming from Antsy.  " We do home schooling in the morning and then have some sensible outside fun in the afternoon ... " we feel incredibly fortuna
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Justin Felton (43), Laura Felton (39) with children Hattie (7) and Jackson (8) with their dog, Doogle (6). Coming from Antsy. " We do home schooling in the morning and then have some sensible outside fun in the afternoon ... " we feel incredibly fortunate about where we live" Photographed on top of downs between Clayton and Ditching. 

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Justin Felton (43), Laura Felton (39) with children Hattie (7) and Jackson (8) with their dog, Doogle (6). Coming from Antsy. " We do home schooling in the morning and then have some sensible outside fun in the afternoon ... " we feel incredibly fortunate about where we live" Photographed on top of downs between Clayton and Ditching. 

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Penny and David Shannon (67 and 71) from Hurspierpoint. " Naturally it is scary as we are in a vulnerable age group and so we are self isolating, we are also worried for all our other family in the area.  We go on walks where we think there will be few pe
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Penny and David Shannon (67 and 71) from Hurspierpoint. " Naturally it is scary as we are in a vulnerable age group and so we are self isolating, we are also worried for all our other family in the area. We go on walks where we think there will be few people" Penny says ' Its been a liftime ambition to climb this hill, and thanks to the virus I have finally done it!" Asked about South Downs as National Park; "I cant see any changes but its great to now have a national park on your doorstep" 

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Penny and David Shannon (67 and 71) from Hurspierpoint. " Naturally it is scary as we are in a vulnerable age group and so we are self isolating, we are also worried for all our other family in the area. We go on walks where we think there will be few people" Penny says ' Its been a liftime ambition to climb this hill, and thanks to the virus I have finally done it!" Asked about South Downs as National Park; "I cant see any changes but its great to now have a national park on your doorstep" 

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Russell (61) and Freddie (16) Piper, from Hassocks.  Piper is off school from Hurstpierpoint College. Russell is an HR Director with an equipment leasing company with links to China " We just have to grin and bear it and get through this, We can see the r
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Russell (61) and Freddie (16) Piper, from Hassocks. Piper is off school from Hurstpierpoint College. Russell is an HR Director with an equipment leasing company with links to China " We just have to grin and bear it and get through this, We can see the recovery coming as the Virus moves from East to West" About South Downs as a National Park; " We are very lucky on having it on our door step, lucky to be here" Between Clayton and Ditchling on the downs. ×
Russell (61) and Freddie (16) Piper, from Hassocks. Piper is off school from Hurstpierpoint College. Russell is an HR Director with an equipment leasing company with links to China " We just have to grin and bear it and get through this, We can see the recovery coming as the Virus moves from East to West" About South Downs as a National Park; " We are very lucky on having it on our door step, lucky to be here" Between Clayton and Ditchling on the downs. ×
Hans Peter (51), from Hassocks works in agricultural Machinery. Doing a cycle ride as a break from home working.  "I've always come up here, its a nice place to sit and have a beer. Ive been visiting this spot since I was 12/13."  About the virus " It is
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Hans Peter (51), from Hassocks works in agricultural Machinery. Doing a cycle ride as a break from home working. "I've always come up here, its a nice place to sit and have a beer. Ive been visiting this spot since I was 12/13." About the virus " It is what it is, cant do so much" About the National Park, "Definately a great thing to be a National Park, I hope they never build on it, Ive done the South Downs Way a few times, I come here all the time" Photographed on the area known locally as Tank tracks - where the British Army landscaped a hill side on South Downs for its tank test drives. 

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Hans Peter (51), from Hassocks works in agricultural Machinery. Doing a cycle ride as a break from home working. "I've always come up here, its a nice place to sit and have a beer. Ive been visiting this spot since I was 12/13." About the virus " It is what it is, cant do so much" About the National Park, "Definately a great thing to be a National Park, I hope they never build on it, Ive done the South Downs Way a few times, I come here all the time" Photographed on the area known locally as Tank tracks - where the British Army landscaped a hill side on South Downs for its tank test drives. 

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Will Hunt (22) and Hannah Frazer (21) from Albourne area.  Will is a racing driver, driving a Radical car. With the gyms all closed he thought he would hike up Wolstenbury hill, the steep side as his form of exercise with his girlfrend.  " We have to live
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Will Hunt (22) and Hannah Frazer (21) from Albourne area. Will is a racing driver, driving a Radical car. With the gyms all closed he thought he would hike up Wolstenbury hill, the steep side as his form of exercise with his girlfrend. " We have to live on through it and listen to what we are told, Im up here because the gyms are closed" Asked on changes about the National Downs South Park on its 10 year anniversary, " I have noticed any changes but its great for bringing tourism to the area" ×
Will Hunt (22) and Hannah Frazer (21) from Albourne area. Will is a racing driver, driving a Radical car. With the gyms all closed he thought he would hike up Wolstenbury hill, the steep side as his form of exercise with his girlfrend. " We have to live on through it and listen to what we are told, Im up here because the gyms are closed" Asked on changes about the National Downs South Park on its 10 year anniversary, " I have noticed any changes but its great for bringing tourism to the area" ×
Michelle Palmer with two sons Charlie and Thomas, from Burgess Hill. shelldp@aol.com
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Michelle Palmer with two sons Charlie and Thomas, from Burgess Hill. 

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Michelle Palmer with two sons Charlie and Thomas, from Burgess Hill. 

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