Updated October 2011
For some people the Park is the
jewel in Horsham's crown - but many towns this size
have parks. How many are blessed with open
countryside less than five minutes' walk from the town
centre? Chesworth Farm is one of our most precious
amenities, yet over the years it has been threatened
by developments ranging from football pitches to
Chesworth has been owned by Horsham
District Council since 1991 and fulfils many roles: as
well as being a low-key nature reserve it is used by
walkers, dog walkers, riders, cyclists and anyone who
appreciates a piece of countryside so close to town.
Cattle graze on the fields in summer,
and this year they have been joined by sheep and
llamas. Chesworth is also home to a Parks
Department depot and the workshops of an artists'
group. It is criss-crossed with footpaths &
bridleways, and Peddlers Way (Horsham-Southwater cycle
route) runs through it.
Muggeridge Field, just south of
Athelstan Way, is the property of West Sussex County
Council, but is managed by HDC and is effectively
part of Chesworth. The County Council has previously
failed to obtain planning consent for development
but it is still at risk.
We have to ensure that Chesworth
Farm doesn't become a prime building site at
some future time, and to help achieve this we
worked with Forest Neighbourhood Council
and Horsham District Council in setting up a
Friends organisation to support the farm as a
unique site for informal recreation and
appreciation of farmland wildlife.
Follow the link below to read more about Friends
of Chesworth Farm.
Friends of Chesworth Farm»
Restoration of Chesworth Barn»
Walk: Denne Hill & Chesworth Farm»
Horsham District Countryside website»