"protecting, preserving and improving the heritage and environment of Stanmer for the benefit of all"
Stanmer Park is located near Brighton, and consists of 5,000 hectares of wooded and open land. It is mainly open access for walking. The village, with its flint-knapped cottages, was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the earls of Chichester.

Stanmer Preservation Society was founded in 1971 and is a charity committed to improving, protecting and preserving the village of Stanmer and its environment for the benefit of the public. In particular, we look after:

  • Stanmer Church
  • Stanmer Bookstall-Sunday afternoons
  • Wildlife in the park
  • Stanmer Rural Museum Collection and Archive
  • The Donkey Wheel

We also make representations at meetings and enquiries so that Stanmer may remain a place of recreation for the public to enjoy. We are always looking for volunteers to help with any of our activities. 

We need your help to preserve the chalk downland

Chalk grassland is sometimes called Europe’s tropical rainforest. It is home to an incredibly rich and diverse range of plant and insect life and it is under threat.

We have lost more than 80% of our chalk grassland since the Second World War. 

This is mainly because of changes in land use from traditional low-level animal grazing. For instance, intensive farming with the use of herbicides and fertilisers changes the nature of the soil so that the traditional chalk grassland species can’t grow.

We need your help to preserve this vital and threatened ecology 

Find out more about the chalk downland

Join our society and help preserve this precious, threatened ecology


  • It’s a time of great potential change for Stanmer.  Plans for development are afoot. There has never been a more important time for those who love Stanmer to know what's going on, get involved and speak up. 
  • Get into the Christmas spirit at Stanmer Church 15th & 16th December In Our Nature will be your chance to escape the Christmas crowds and enjoy some fresh air at Stanmer Park over the weekend of 15th & 16th December. Join us for ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2018, 4:31 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society
  • Launch of Stanmer Bat Watch, 7.00 Stanmer Church, Friday 10th August 2018. Would you like to volunteer to be a Bat Detectorist and help us locate Stanmer's resident bats. Do we still have brown long-eared bats in the belfry? Come ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 12:58 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society
  • Wild Chalk event in East Brighton Park 22 July 2018. Stanmer's own Wild Flower Conservationist, Johnny Gapper, joined the South Downs National Park at their Wild Chalk event in East Brighton Park on 22 July 2018. He and Lindy ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 12:54 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society
  • Join the Stanmer Park Big Tidy-up !!
    Posted Nov 11, 2017, 5:58 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society
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