Posted by: lhct | April 1, 2022

Friends AGM Mon 25 April

Details of AGM
Posted by: lhct | March 21, 2022

Cattle in Riverside fields

Cattle now in enclosed Riverside fields for a while (from Mon 21 March, no public access). Llamas, pygmy goats and sheep are currently in Wheat Rick and New Town Nine Acres fields (also no public access though plenty of viewing points!)

Cattle arrive in Riverside (Picture: Ryan Allison/HDC)
Posted by: lhct | March 3, 2022

Cattle & Kinder Living Home Show

Cattle in Tip Field (Ryan Allison)

The cattle are now grazing in Tip Field, (on the right, entering from Queensway entrance). This is enclosed, with no public access, though there are plenty of opportunities to spot the cattle, as this field is bordered by the Riverside Walk and also by the main access track.

Kinder Living Home Show this weekend Sat 5 and Sun 6 March at Parkside, Chart Way RH12 1XH. Free entry. Lots of stalls about local environmentally-friendly initiatives and companies. There are also free workshops on sustainability and wellbeing related topics. For more details or to book remaining places go to Eventbrite.

Posted by: lhct | February 15, 2022

New cattle location

Picture: Jenni de Burgh

The cattle are now grazing in Parlour Mead field (open to public and one end of the Riverside Walk ‘wet loop’). Meanwhile the llamas, goats and sheep mini-herd are in Wheat Rick field (enclosed, no public access). Please look out for the animals and signage.

Posted by: lhct | February 15, 2022

Kinder Living Home Show ’22

The Friends of Chesworth Farm will be at the show on Saturday 5 March. For both Saturday and Sunday, look at the poster below for times, topics and how to book workshops . We’re looking forward to meeting up with friends old and new!

If you would like to help us on our information stand on the day, please use our contact page to get in touch.

Posted by: lhct | December 24, 2021

Christmas greetings

Wishing all of you who visit, appreciate and champion Chesworth Farm, a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year

Our Christmas wreath-makers were as creative as ever at our seasonal workshop. Restored with hot refreshments and even a little winter sun, they braved the challenge of a well-ventilated but chilly Volunteer Centre to craft natural wreaths from local greenery. (Picture: Dave Verrall)
Posted by: lhct | December 17, 2021

Cattle grazing in public fields

Location map

Grazing in JBL & GHH
Posted by: lhct | November 17, 2021

Cattle on the move this week

Update from Horsham District Council: “It’s that time of year again when the cows will be grazing the publicly accessible fields on the farm. This week will see the British White cattle moving to Spring Barn and Gravel Pit fields so please be aware if you are horse riding, dog walking or exercising in this area…”

Posted by: lhct | November 12, 2021

Discoveries on the Friends’ fungi walk ’21

Every season it is a lucky dip as to what we will see fungi-wise on the farm. Visitors on this year’s fungi walk, led as in past years by local enthusiast Jonathan Simons, recorded nearly 20 species. We had four brand new ones to add to the farm’s running total of 211. These were Yellowing Knight, Angel’s Bonnet, Purplepore Bracket and Fairy Ring Mushrooms. The most dramatic was a hefty Giant Puff Ball. At the other end of the scale were some tiny – and virtually unidentifiable – specimens, mostly found on rotting timber. Plus the distraction of a splendid Sabre Ichneumon Wasp, the longest species of parasitoid wasp in the UK.  

If you would like to see the full list of this year’s November sightings, please find the full report on our Resources page. With thanks to Jonathan Simons, supported by David Verrall and Tim Thomas.

Photographs (clockwise from top left): Deceiver (Samantha Verrall) , Fairy Ring Mushroom, Giant Puff Ball, Sabre Ichneumon Wasp (Samantha Verrall), tiny unidentified species, Angel’s Bonnet, Purplepore Bracket (all remaining photos David Verrall)

Posted by: lhct | October 19, 2021

Cattle return to farm

The council’s grazing herd of British White cattle has returned to the farm, starting its residence in the enclosed Riverside fields. We hear this unexpected arrival is due to a severed water supply pipe at Chennels Brook Castle, which should have been the cattle’s next scheduled stop. We will share more grazing details when they are finalised by Horsham District Council.

Cattle return to enclosed Riverside fields (photo: Ryan Allison)

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