Posted by: laurahct | 16/02/2018

Seeking a hidden gem for HDYOC19

Can you think of a local “Hidden Gem“?

Please follow the link above to help the team at Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 (HDYOC19) to choose attractive, sometimes “unsung”, local features or places of interest to promote the district next year.

A tiny selection from our Friends of Chesworth Farm photo library, with thanks to our many enthusiastic and talented photographers, including Ryan Allison,  Stuart Card, Jacob Everitt, Mark Jarvis, Mick Jones, Steve Knight, Liza Lockyer, Peter Merchant, Wendy Petersen,  David Verrall and Nik Walker.


Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) events for children at Chesworth Farm this spring

Nature Tots: starting Monday 5 March
For accompanied 3 to 5-year-olds, Monday mornings term time. Fun themes including frogs, stickmen, making nature crowns, cooking wild toast on the campfire and crafting daffodils to celebrate “Mothering Monday”.

Wildlife Watch: starting  Saturday 10 March
A new group on the second Saturday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm. For 5 to 8-year-olds with accompanying adults.

Wild Woodies: Monday 9 April, 10.00am–3.00pm
Spring Holiday Club in the Easter holidays. A day of fantastic outdoor activities for unaccompanied children, aged 6-11 years. [Also in summer holidays: Wednesdays 22 and 29 August 10am-3.00pm.

The Butterfly Ball and Grasshoppers Feast: Thursday 31 May
A day of family fun. Including moth and small mammal trapping, sweep netting and pond dipping.

More details and bookings for all the above events via the SWT website  or cut and paste this link into your browser

Or contact Tamara Jewell: 01293 550 730 / 07771 375 254. Email:

Posted by: laurahct | 02/02/2018

It’s world wetlands day

Celebrating #WorldWetlandsDay gives us an excuse to feature again Peter Merchant’s fascinating picture of our wetland

Posted by: laurahct | 02/02/2018

Following in her footsteps

Debbie, also known as our “poo-bag lady”, had to take some time off from her regular patrols of Chesworth Farm and we missed her!

Yes, it is Debbie who regularly removes the dog-poo bags lobbed in some gateways and hedges. What a chore she has taken on and what a friend of the farm! Thankfully she reports there is less to pick up these days.

To back up her work, the hardy Spring Farm Tidy volunteers will be clearing up all types of litter (plus spring cleaning the Volunteer Centre and hedge trimming) this coming Saturday afternoon 2-4pm. You are very welcome to join them, if you tell us you are coming, we will have the kettle on!

Debbie at work, from winter 2016


Posted by: laurahct | 01/02/2018

January round-up

A picture diary of January’s sightings, views and events by visitors to Chesworth Farm. With thanks to Peter Merchant, Dave Verrall and Nik Walker.

Posted by: laurahct | 30/01/2018

Spring Farm Tidy: volunteers welcome

Posted by: laurahct | 28/01/2018

Owl at home

An extra bonus – a roosting Barn Owl – greeted local licensed British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) ringer, Stuart Card, when he recently replaced the old owl box at Chesworth Farm. The adult male bird was a healthy winter weight showing the farm habitat provides it with a good diet. Soon sporting a BTO ring, the bird was returned to the new box to continue snoozing before its evening hunt.

Pictures: Barn Owl and new owl box by Stuart Card. Owl pellets contents by Lisa White

Posted by: laurahct | 03/01/2018

Winter wander: Sat 13 January

You can also make enquiries or book using our Contact page.

Posted by: laurahct | 02/01/2018

British White cattle in Tip Field

The British White cattle are now in enclosed Tip Field for a few weeks. The other livestock (llamas, sheep and goats) remain in enclosed Wheat Rick and New Town Nine Acres fields. (See FCF grazing map below).

Any enquiries or issues please contact Horsham District Council. Office hours: 01403 256890. Out of hours: 01403 215100. Email:

Posted by: laurahct | 20/12/2017

Natural wreaths galore at Chesworth Farm

This lively, creative group, who crafted gorgeously varied Christmas wreaths, made our Chesworth Farm workshop as popular as ever this year.

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