Posted by: lhct | October 10, 2019

Thank you for Macmillan funds

Just wanted to let you all know that we raised a total of £165 at our Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event!” says organiser Lisa White of the Friends.  “It was a rather rainy morning so thanks to all that came to the Volunteer Centre for a cuppa and homemade cake. All being good we will host it on the farm next year so pencil it in for the last day in September 2020.”

With many thanks to all who generously donated cakes plus Sarah Duffield who brought along a beautiful range of her latest artworks.

Photos: Ryan Allison, David Verrall, Lisa White


Posted by: lhct | October 4, 2019

Cattle on the farm

The British White cattle have arrived to begin their autumn grazing tour of the farm. They are in the enclosed Riverside fields (wetland area) for the next 2-4 weeks or so. The HDC countryside team and the Friends of Chesworth Farm  will keep you posted on their next locations.

Photographers: Ryan Allison, Philip Danvers, Mark Jarvis,  Steve Knight, Andy Tytherleigh and David Verrall

Posted by: lhct | October 1, 2019

Kestrel box to help reverse a species in decline

See if you can spot the newest bird box on the farm… it’s around 5 metres up an electricity pole. The box is to attract breeding Kestrels, so keep a look out over the Riverside wetland project next spring.

The pole is newly donated and installed by UK Power Networks, thanks to a project developed between local UK Power Networks staff member Paul Maynard and the Friends of Chesworth Farm, supported by the HDC countryside warden team. The Friends funded the nest box itself and they will help keep everyone up to date with news as the seasons change.

With thanks to the UK Power Networks team: Dave Mitchelson, Paul Maynard, Lee Carron, Graham Willard and Craig Wyeth plus Ryan Allison and Tim Thomas. Photography by Ryan Allison, David Verrall and Craig Wyeth. 

UK Power Networks news release

Posted by: lhct | September 28, 2019

Chesworth features in Colourful Places for HDYOC19

“My big, Horsham District Year of Culture Project,” is explained by artist Sarah Duffield, “I’ve been working as a full time artist for approximately six years now. Some people like my work, some people don’t and that’s fine, our lives and homes would be terribly boring if we all liked the same thing… I have found a way of seeing the world that excites me and it is that way of seeing which I try to express when creating a painting.

“Last year I was commissioned by Horsham District Council to produce four landscape paintings of well-known views of the district for the Year of Culture project. We asked residents for suggestions of well-loved views and comprised a list. I bought a map (slow worker and rubbish at geography) and spent a month discovering some the beautiful areas right on my doorstep.

“I met lots of lovely people who were often happy to point me in the right direction, discovered many new places to get a great lunch, found tree houses, a beach, got lost in a forest (the geography thing) walked up some big hills, realized I am petrified of cows and that you need to break walking boots in before you tramp off for miles in them.

“After much consideration and walking we choose views spread across the district which we felt would be familiar to many residents: Knepp estate and ruin, the view from Beeding Hill, the Arun and chalk pits in Amberley and Chesworth Farm in Horsham.

“For Chesworth, I wanted to create an autumnal painting and after a number of visits, and what felt like a long wait, I was over the moon to finally arrive one morning to find the trees had turned golden, bronze, amber and deep red. You can see the spire of St Mary’s church nestled in the trees and the grand avenue of oak trees from the bench at the top of Great Horsham Hill field. In the distance the hills look pale purple – It was definitely “Worth the Wait”: I had my view and my colours.”

Colourful Places: The Multi-Coloured District, Sarah Duffield’s solo exhibition, is at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery Saturday 28 September- Saturday 14 December. The commissioned paintings will be shown alongside other works, sketches and working notes by Sarah.

Sarah will be at the museum from midday on Saturday 5 October to present four mini prints to the people who suggested the titles for the artworks. She will stay for the afternoon to answer any questions people might have about her work, her painting style and this project – everyone is welcome. Refreshments available. Following this exhibition, the four commissioned art works, which are property of the district, will be moved to various venues for accessible viewing by as many residents as possible.

For more information, including prints available for purchase, see Sarah’s website. Limited edition full size prints of “Worth the Wait” and all the HDYOC19 commissions are available in her website Gallery shop, plus standard prints, mini prints and greeting cards.

Posted by: lhct | September 12, 2019

Finding hidden wildlife

Visitors at our recent FCF survey events, fascinated by some of the farm’s more rarely-seen wildlife

Posted by: lhct | August 29, 2019

Support us via Horsham District Community Lottery


Please find our page and all the information about the lottery via the QR code on the poster or use this link.

Posted by: lhct | August 9, 2019

Dormice have new Chesworth homes

Hazel dormice are a declining species in Britain, with most of them found in the southern counties of England. The reduction of managed woodland and the loss of hedgerows that used to link them has severely affected the national population. But Chesworth’s ancient, well-managed hedge lines, with their wide variety of shrubs and trees, provide the perfect alternative habitat.

Click to watch a short video of setting up the first nest box

A survey last year along some of the farm’s field boundaries proved the presence of these delightful nocturnal animals. And this summer we have put up a number of boxes in the hope that they will provide ideal nesting places later this season, thanks to a generous donation and plenty of volunteers.

The young dormice are born in late July and August and after four weeks in the nest they will emerge and begin to disperse. Once independent, they will continue to feed on the berries, nuts and flowers of trees and climbing shrubs – and the occasional caterpillar and aphid or two – in preparation for hibernation. They will then prepare a tight hibernaculum of grass, leaves and honeysuckle bark at the base of a hedge and seal the entrance. Here they will sleep, from late October or November, right through to spring the next year.

Checking the boxes will now be restricted to specially trained and licensed people as hazel dormice and their nests are well protected by UK law.


Posted by: lhct | July 27, 2019

Hay cut soon

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