Peter Brandon was born in Sussex and has lived in the county for the past forty-five years. His maternal forebears have been associated with Sussex for centuries and he has been immersed in its affairs as a part-time lecturer at the University of Sussex and as a chairman of the Sussex branch for the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England. He is a historical geographer who was formerly head of the Department of Geography at the University of North London, and he has written and edited several books on Sussex and S.E. England including The Making of the Sussex Landscape (1974), The South Saxons (1978), The South Downs (1998) and The Kent and Sussex Weald (2003). Peter Brandon is president of the South Downs Society (formerly the Society of Downsmen) and a vice president of the Sussex Archaeological Society. He is an ardent walker (and outdoors man) who is concerned as much with the present and future of the county as with its past.