Posted by: Tim Thomas | 16/10/2017

HDC farm user survey: comment by Mon 27 Nov

Horsham District Council has launched a Farm User Survey for visitors to Chesworth Farm – as part of its preparation for the farm’s next management plan.
For more details and the survey, please follow the link to the HDC Chesworth Farm page or copy it into your browser: Please share this link to all the farm users you know.
The deadline for comments is Monday 27 November. We know you will think carefully about your answers. Your interest is much appreciated.

Gravel Pit in full bloom by Steve Knight


Posted by: laurahct | 03/11/2017

Livestock grazing update


News from HDC wardens re grazing @chesworthfarm: during week beginning Monday 6 November: British White cattle heading for open Spring Barn & Gravel Pit fields (see new FCF grazing map below).

Pygmy goats, sheep and llamas will move to enclosed Wheat Rick/New Town Nine Acres fields. These moves will be signposted.

Enquiries or issues please contact Horsham District Council: Office hours 01403 256890, out of hours 01403 215100or e-mail


Posted by: laurahct | 01/11/2017

Hedge-cutting maintenance Thurs 2 and Fri 3 Nov

News just in: hedge-cutting maintenance over the next two days (Thurs 2 & Fri 3 Nov) along main track and other selected hedgerows. Please be aware there will be extra machinery @chesworthfarm.
Photo by Dave Verrall

Autumn hedge-cutting

Posted by: laurahct | 01/11/2017

Autumn weekend tasks and event report

Friends task weekend part one saw our volunteers successfully clear out a blocked ditch alongside the Arun Way bridleway as it reaches the base of Horsham Hill. With thanks to Dave Verrall, James Leggett, Ian and Leigh Moore and Tim Thomas.

Our Autumn Walk event, the same weekend, vividly shows the trimming needed to the boardwalk area.

Autumn Walk event, showing overgrowth of nettles and brambles close to the boardwalk

For our task weekend part two,  the boardwalk and surrounding area were cleared. Many thanks to Veronica and Jim Ashworth, Adam Lea (not pictured) and Tim and James for their superb efforts, battling stings and scratches. Refreshments for all events co-ordinated by Pat Dancy. Thanks also to the HDC warden team for clearing away many bags of green debris.

Photos: Dave Verrall, James Leggett, visitor (for picture of all ditch team)

Posted by: laurahct | 31/10/2017

Gunpowder Trot fun run this Sunday 5 Nov

Following our own fungi foray this Sat (see events), on Sunday 5th, Chesworth Farm is co-host to the annual 4.5 mile Gunpowder Trot fun run organised by Horsham Joggers. See signs on the farm from now.

Entrants climb Denne Hill at the start of the Gunpowder Trot. Photo: Horsham Joggers

Soon after 10.30am on Sunday, runners will stream off Denne Hill, loop round the farm’s fields and back up the hill again so do be prepared to share paths with them. Their efforts are in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.
For more information, here is a link
Posted by: laurahct | 28/10/2017

Next Friends event: Fungi foray Sat 4 Nov

Posted by: laurahct | 11/10/2017

TODAY tree surgery affecting main track access

 If weekend volunteering appeals, this is for you. Below are outline details. If you are free and interested, for some of either or both days, please contact us. If you have time to volunteer (anything from an hour to all four) we would be delighted to see you.

Wetland view: Steve Knight

We are planning to cut back some of the overgrowth around and either side of the wetland boardwalk and repair and upgrade a drain or two. Meet at the Volunteer Centre from 10am. Finish around 2pm. Details will be confirmed if you book ahead: definitely wear old clothes and bring Wellington boots or stout outdoor boots. Tools and refreshments, but not lunch, provided. We plan to finish the tasks as far as possible the next day, same time, Sunday 15th October.

To volunteer: please contact us, tel 07512 966174 (24 hrs answer phone) or email

Posted by: laurahct | 02/10/2017

Chesworth Farm is a location in HDYOC19 film

The Little Notes live music group is among the many local people and views contributing to this exploration of culture in the Horsham area to launch Horsham District Year Of Culture 2019 (HDYOC19). And where did they film their scenes? Great Horsham Hill in the centre of Chesworth Farm.  Mark and Lou Bradbury of Little Notes first feature at 1.06 minutes from the start, and with their group in several more scenes following. Do watch and enjoy.

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