Twitter campaign sees the South Downs brought back to Google maps

Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

The South Downs National Park is back on Google maps following a successful Twitter campaign this week.

The campaign was launched on Tuesday after the park was removed from the online map for a fourth time, prompting the park authority to get in touch with the web giant.

In a message to Google on Twitter the national park said, “Dear Father Christmas, all we want for Christmas this year is peace on earth and for @googlemaps to reinstate the South Downs national park.”

The park authority was determined to be reinstated as other UK national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - such as Dartmoor, Snowdonia and the New Forest – appeared on the website while the South Downs could only be found with a specific search.

Even the Norfolk Broads appeared on the standard Google maps, despite its 117-square miles being dwarfed by the South Downs’ 1,011 square miles.

The park, which was only officially founded in April 2010, has been put on the main site before but was repeatedly removed without explanation.

But thanks to support from social media, the park was soon back online

Google tweeted to the national park, with a picture of the reinstated map.

A spokesman for the company said, “Well, we’re hardly Santa, but your wish is our command South Downs National Park.”

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