03 October 2020
2d 19h 58m
Friends of Horsham Park is a group of volunteers. We work to protect, enhance and promote our much loved park as a place of recreation and enjoyment for the long-term benefit of everyone in the local community. With its Park House setting, wonderful heritage trees and pond it is a beautiful and important place for conservation too.
We are an active group and are proud of what we have achieved since we set up in 2017: working with the Council to plan improvements to the park, creating Poets’ Corner as a new visitor attraction, installing bird boxes, bringing more colour to the park and planting a tree to celebrate the centenary of the armistice. But there is more we want to do and for this we need your support. We know that not everyone has time to volunteer, but providing financial support through the Horsham District lottery helps us to deliver more.
You may have noticed that our park is suffering from wear and tear. Maintenance budgets are stretched. We can't fix everything, but in partnership with Horsham District Council and Denne Neighbourhood Council we run a weekly voluntary group which works hard to enhance the park by gardening and undertaking conservation projects. We hope you have enjoyed the 2000 daffodil bulbs we planted or have been inspired by our bee friendly, colourful bed with bug hotel this summer. Perhaps you have noticed fewer weeds this year under the glorious wedding cake tree. But there is more we could do!
Horsham Park is a wonderful free-to-use green space with some great facilities which can be enjoyed whatever your budget. We want to keep it that way. We work to keep it an inclusive place and prevent it from commercial exploitation which shuts out low income families. We find out and represent what the local community wants from the park so it meets our needs. With our inclusive approach we like to offer free activities so that everyone can appreciate what is on offer in the park, for example our family tree trail, our bird spotting event and our spring gardening festival showcasing sustainable gardening. Again, we would like to offer more!
Recent research has shown how vital parks are for mental as well as physical well-being. We know many residents and local workers like to escape to the sensory garden or human nature garden for some peace and quiet. These are important sanctuaries and need to be beautifully maintained. The benefits of parks extend further: carbon capture, combatting pollution, and for conservation. We campaign and run projects to ensure our park realises its potential on all these fronts. We use social media to promote the benefits of the park so that we all understand the important role it plays in our town and community. Given the stresses of modern life, the threat to pollinators and the climate emergency, we would like to push for more!
Finally, as Horsham grows and space is at a premium, we need to protect this special park for future generations so they too can enjoy it for relaxation, sport, well-being and sociable fun.
We have ambitious plans for Horsham Park - we want to make it an even more exceptional place! We need your help so we can continue to offer and expand what we do.
Thank you for your support!
Chair, Friends of Horsham Park
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