Eastbourne hotel guests asked to help preserve town’s downland

General manager Jonathan Owen at the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne SUS-191103-160631001
General manager Jonathan Owen at the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne SUS-191103-160631001

Guests staying at one of Eastbourne’s top hotels will be asked if they want to donate money on top of the cost of their stay to help preserve the town’s stunning downland.

A partnership has been launched between the South Downs National Park Trust and the Hydro Hotel, with the aim of helping to protect the South Downs National Park for future generations.

The seafront hotel has become an official Visitor Giving Partner of the Trust.

All donations will go to the Trust, which is working closely with national and community-based organisations for the benefit of the National Park and the people for whom it was created. Among the initiatives the Trust is helping to fund are new community cycling and walking routes, including for those with limited mobility and young families, and the protection of endangered species such as the White Letter Hairstreak Butterfly.

Jonathan Owen, general manager at the Hydro Hotel, said, “It’s important for our heritage that such a unique setting is preserved for future generations.

“The South Downs National Park’s stunning scenery is the backdrop to our hotel and this amazing landscape and all its leisure opportunities continue to boost Eastbourne’s holiday sector.

“This donation scheme is a wonderful way for local businesses and their customers to play their part in protecting and enhancing this asset.”

Sandra Grant, who oversees the Visitor Giving Scheme for the South Downs National Park Trust, added, “We’re delighted to welcome the Hydro Hotel and are looking forward to working closely with them to help protect and enhance our National Park.

“A number of local businesses have already joined our scheme, particularly in the tourism and leisure sector, and it’s testament to the value of the National Park as a wonderful place to live, work, and visit.”

Any business interested in signing up to the scheme can contact Sandra Grant on Sandra.Grant@southdownstrust.org.uk or call 01730 819223.