Posted by: lhct | January 2, 2020

New way to report on dog waste bins

Horsham District Council (HDC) has recently introduced a new way to report full or broken dog waste bins. QR codes have been attached to all dog waste bins, creating a live link to the “Report it” section of the Council’s website.
So if you see an issue, try scanning the QR code on a Smartphone (iPhone or Android 9) camera, click on the link that comes up and fill in the short form. Read more. At the same time HDC reminds you that dog waste can be disposed of in general public litter bins where a dog bin is not available, or it can be taken home and put in your own general waste bin.
Dog waste bin at Chesworth Farm
As to Chesworth Farm, please note that (as well as byelaws) the current Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) makes dog fouling a criminal offence. Yes, on Chesworth Farm this means its fields, paths, verges and hedgerows: in fact EVERYWHERE. Offences may be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice issued instantly by certain HDC staff, such as the Neighbourhood Warden team, if you are observed deliberately leaving your dogs’ waste. If enforcement is via a magistrates’ court it could cost you up to £1000. If you are identified as a regular offender by fellow-visitors, they can also report your details to the Neighbourhood Wardens.
Please choose to protect our lovely environment. All visitors, and especially the litter-picking and Horsham Green Gym volunteers, will thank you.
Posted by: lhct | December 23, 2019

Christmas cheer

Gorgeous creations made by the lovely people at our annual Christmas wreath-making workshop. All of the wreaths different, and all of them based on greenery from Chesworth Farm, Warnham LNR and Friends’ gardens.

Posted by: lhct | December 9, 2019

Task and litter team out in force

In December FCF task and litter volunteers (Jim, Tim, Chris, James & Izzie) work together to clear and tidy the gateway on the corner of Jenny Bare Legs and Great Horsham Hill. They were greeted by a picturesque overgrowth of nettles and brambles, buried in which they found a not-so-attractive heap of litter & flung poo bags. Especial thanks to Izzie who was small enough to reach the debris!

Thanks also to Rachel, Veronica and Linda who litter-picked in other areas. The next litter, task and tea afternoon will be on Saturday 4 January. Everybody welcome. Equipment and refreshments supplied.

Posted by: lhct | December 6, 2019

Cattle grazing in Parlour Mead

The visiting cattle are now grazing in Parlour Mead field (gated, at one end of the wet Riverside Walk). This will be for the next one or two weeks, depending how the ground conditions work for them.

The five British White cattle have been moved by the Horsham countryside warden team and they are now grazing in Great Horsham Hill and Jenny Bare Legs fields for short while.  Photos of them earlier in the season by Chris Taylor and Steve Knight.

Posted by: lhct | November 1, 2019

Walking Saturday afternoon?

Whatever the weather throws at us, the Friends of Chesworth Farm will be in the Volunteer Centre Saturday 2nd Nov afternoon, offering you a warm welcome with hot drinks and biscuits between 2 and 4pm. (Some hardy Friends may be out doing farm tasks and litter picking too.)

And the cattle are temporarily back in the enclosed Riverside fields (next to the wetland area) for the weekend.


Posted by: lhct | October 24, 2019

Friends events Oct-Dec

Posted by: lhct | October 22, 2019

Cattle grazing: Gravel Pit and Spring Barn fields

The British White cattle have made their first move around the farm. From this week they are grazing in adjoining Gravel Pit and Spring Barn fields (Kerves Lane side) where they will stay for a few weeks. These fields are coloured pale pink on the map below.  Please follow the signage advice from Horsham District Council for the safety and welfare of cattle and visitors. Their likely next move will be to Great Horsham Hill and adjoining Jenny Bare Legs fields.

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

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