The Friends of Lancing Ring group was formed in 1989 with the objectives of preserving the area by helping Adur District Council with more sympathetic management and increasing peoples awareness of the Ring as an asset.
Amongst the Friends first tasks were replanting the Ring with 1,000 trees to replace, in time the beautiful old Beech trees blown down in the great storm of 1987.
The Friends also restored the Dewpond with the help of other local organizations and companies.
The area is now protected by being within a Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ( AONB) and also being designated as a Local Nature Reserve but – first and foremost – it is used daily by local people as an amenity area of open countryside on Lancing’s back doorstep.
The reserve is also included within the designated South Downs National Park which becomes fully functional in 2011.