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The Living Coast

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A designated urban biosphere reserve, The Living Coast stretches between Newhaven and Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex. From the grassy South Downs down to the chalk-and-shingle coast and city streets, it embraces everyone and everything that lives within this area and makes life here possible.

UNESCO biospheres are areas with significant natural value, created to help us learn how to balance what people and nature need to flourish. If you live, work or visit this region, you are part of The Living Coast and can be a part of creating an environment that we can all enjoy now and in the future.

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A Liveable City for Everyone – Car Free Day

A Liveable City for Everyone – Car Free Day

  22 September is Car Free Day which encourages people to walk, cycle or use public transport, instead of using their car for the ...

Homeward Bound Festival on The Living Coast

Homeward Bound Festival on The Living Coast

Join us for Homeward Bound Festival this October and sample the folk music and flavours, tales and traditions, natural riches and engineering ingenuity that have shaped life on this pebbly, chalk-cliffed stretch of shoreline.

Explore our Natural & Cultural Heritage at Brighton Museum

Explore our Natural & Cultural Heritage at Brighton Museum

Visit Brighton Museum before 3rd October and explore our interactive display on the cultural and natural heritage of The Living Coast.

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Old Tree Brewery

Old Tree Brewery produce seasonal flavours of kombucha, making sure they use local ingredients, and using electric bike couriers. As a social enterprise, all of their profits go towards land regeneration and community growing projects.

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There are plenty of ways you can play a part in making our Living Coast a thriving environment. Explore the website, sign-up to our newsletter or follow us on social media to connect with projects, news, business and volunteering opportunities relevant to you.

Photo by Liz Finlayson/Vervate The Living Coast, the Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Region includes land and sea from Shoreham to Newhaven.  Shoreham Beach Sea Swimmers

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