I grew up in a Sussex town that was, according to The Sunday Observer Magazine, created by god. It wasn't. But the South Downs could well have been. They are my spiritual home. My church. When modern life weighs heavy the wild, open expanse of the Downs helps lighten the load. They offer solitude. A space to think. A space to be. To have all this protected beauty, and the sense of freedom it offers on our doorstep is a privilege.