Posted by: laurahct | March 15, 2019

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News from the HDC Countryside team

Posted by: laurahct | February 13, 2019

Spring events and farm task listing

Buds, barks and branches event Saturday 16, 10.00-12.00 
A new event by the Friends when you can find out how to identify trees before they come into leaf, looking at some key trees on the farm. Last few places available for this Saturday.

Wetland tasks Sunday 24, 10.00-12.00 Some of you may have waded through the puddle at the entrance to the wetland area. Following on from the wardens’ initial clearance, we are setting up a mini task force to finish the job for them along with some timely pruning on the boardwalk before animals are too active. Let us know if you can make it please? Refreshments will be provided of course!

Kinder Living Home Show event Saturday 2, 10.00-16.00
The Friends will have an information stall at “Seedy Saturday”, now part of the weekend’s Kinder Living Home Show, in County Hall North (Parkside). We would be delighted to see you!

Litter pick task Saturday 2, 14.00-16.00
Our regular litter pick volunteers tirelessly clear up after careless and anti-social farm visitors (yes there are some!), the first Saturday afternoon of most months. You are very welcome to join them, either regularly or when it suits you!

Farm spring clean task Saturday 23, 10.00-12.00
The Friends’ contribution to the Great British Spring Clean 2019. This is our annual clear up in the Volunteer Centre and some key farm areas too. Your chance to do your bit, chat about Chesworth, possibly see some wildlife and enjoy our famous refreshments! 

Easter eggstra event Easter Monday 22, 10.00-12.00
Children’s annual nature trail across the farm, Easter egg prize for every child participating, crafts in the Volunteer Centre, refreshments. Places: Book in advance please, £3 per child (accompanying adults free).

Annual General Meeting event Thursday 25, 19.00-21.00 Drill Hall, Denne Road. Doors open 19.00 for 19.30 start.
An opportunity to hear the latest Chesworth news, elect the voluntary committee and to renew your Friends subscription if you do this in person. More details to follow.

For details of all the events and tasks and how to book on those with limited places: you can contact us here, email us at or tel 07512 966174 (answer phone).

Pictures: Fox by David Verrall above, “The untouchable bridge” by Joe James below. Both photographed in February 2019


Posted by: laurahct | January 21, 2019

The future for Chesworth Farm?

Here is your opportunity to read and comment on the draft Management Plan 2019-2026 for Chesworth Farm. Tip: if you download and save the document, you can search for your favourite topics using the PDF search facility.

The deadline for comments to is 28 February. [The draft Management Plan will also be available on our Resources  page until 28 February.]

As it says on the HDC Chesworth Farm web page: “A new version of the Chesworth Farm Management Plan has now been completed detailing proposals for 2019-2026. If you would like to provide feedback or comment, please email us at It is our intention to adopt the plan as a live working document by the spring of this year so we would be most grateful to receive your comments by 28 February 2019.”

View of the Chesworth wetland by Steve Knight

Posted by: laurahct | January 10, 2019

Where to find the llamas and friends

A little update: the pygmy goats, sheep and the llamas are now grazing in Little Horsham Hill field, the enclosed field within Great Horsham Hill. Here’s a picture from the HDC countryside team of one of the goats, garlanded with his own icicles, due to this morning’s chilly start. 

Pygmy goat with an icicle beard

Photo: HDC/Ryan Allison

Posted by: laurahct | January 4, 2019

Cattle now in enclosed Tip Field

The British White cattle have now been moved into Tip Field by the HDC countryside team as planned. As most of you know, this is the enclosed (no public access) field sandwiched between the wet Horsham Riverside Walk loop and the Pedlars Way main track, on the right as you enter the farm from the Queensway entrance.

They should remain there for a month or so, any changes, Horsham Countryside will update us. If you are after nice views of the animals, you can still see them from the gateways or over the hedge from Parlour Mead.

If you have any further questions about the grazing or would like more information about the management of Chesworth Farm then please contact the countryside team via or 01403 215100.

Cattle newly arrived last year on Great Horsham Hill. Photo by Steve Knight

Posted by: laurahct | December 24, 2018

Cattle in Parlour Mead

The British White cattle have been moved by the HDC countryside team to Parlour Mead,  the public access field at one end of the Horsham Riverside Walk loop. Here they will stay until into the new year. They are likely then to move into adjoining Tip Field (enclosed, no public access) as the next part of their grazing plan.

If you have any further questions about the grazing or would like more information about the management of Chesworth Farm then please contact the countryside team at: or 01403 215100.

Location map showing Parlour Mead (just off the main track)

Posted by: laurahct | December 13, 2018

Barn Owl update from HDC countryside wardens

Posted by: laurahct | December 4, 2018

Horsham Green Gym tackle winter tasks at Chesworth Farm

Horsham Joggers passing through the farm Sunday 2 Dec from around 10am: their 10.5 mile route crosses the farm from Kerves Lane to Queensway via paths.

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