UK Government ministers have announced the creation of a South Downs national park - almost 60 years to the day since it was recommended.
The South Downs, covering parts of Sussex and Hampshire, was among 12 areas identified for national parks in the 1940s. Environment Minister Hilary Benn has said the area will become England's 10th national park. Further consultation will be carried out on six additions to the boundary.
See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7973417.stm for more.