What does the Society do?

Ditchling is a beautiful village of some 2,000 residents lying just to the north of the South Downs, but within the National Park, and is a designated Conservation Area. The Parish contains many listed historic buildings and a fine 13th Century church, with its recorded history going back to 765AD.  Ditchling, however,  is very much a living village, with shops, pubs and cafes and a number of small businesses. There are numerous associations and clubs, a primary school and sports facilities.

The Ditchling Society is an independent organisation that seeks to preserve what is best in our village and surroundings while lobbying for facilities and resources that will sustain our community in the future. We know that some things, once lost, can never be regained. At the same time, change is inevitable and we need to encourage the ethical and environmentally sensitive management of change for future generations.

We contributed extensively to the development of our neighbourhood plan, which received overwhelming support from the community. As part of our commitment to supporting the aims and policies of the plan, we objectively monitor planning applications that may significantly impact the parish. The Ditchling Society is a partner organisation in ‘The Living Coast’, our local UNESCO World Biosphere Region, and has links to many environmental organisations such as Friends of the South Downs and CPRE.

We issue regular news updates to members and hold an annual summer event for members and guests.

For information about current issues and projects, please see our NEWS page.

SUMMER DRINKS, AGM  & presentation by


Wednesday 24th July, 7pm in the Barn on the Green

See NEWS page for full details

The Ditchling Society exists to work on matters of concern to all the members of the community.  There is a small steering group but the Society’s success depends on the wider involvement of those in the village and parish.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.  You may wish simply to register your support by becoming a member, or perhaps you would like to help in a practical way with the issues we all face.  Please get in touch through our contact form.