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April 2011 

Chesworth Farm

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 housing.

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
Jenny Barelegs Field

Restoration of Chesworth Barn
Walk: Denne Hill & Chesworth Farm

Muggeridge Field
Horsham District Countryside website