Horsham in Bloom added popular amenities to the town
Working closely with Horsham District Council, HiB has helped initiate, plan, obtain funding and oversee many projects.
Now part of the town, they are appreciated and enjoyed by adults and children all year round.
New Street Green
In partnership with Horsham District Council and a number of local partner organisations, we secured funds in 2016 to transform a local green space at the southern end of New Street into a community garden.
A grant from Tesco Bags of Help Programme helped with the landscaping and equipment fitting aspects of the project.
If you would like to be involved with the ongoing care of the Green, please contact: email@example.com
We want this new green space to be used by all, from the youngest to the oldest. We would like it to provide a sense of tranquillity and the opportunity to enjoy nature on our doorstep.
Diamond Jubilee Floral Ribbon
With increasing costs of planting and maintaining formal bedding in mind, Parks & Countryside Department of Horsham District Council decided to replace the annual bedding plants in North Street with sustainable planting.
Simultaneously HiB was considering possible projects to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and it was agreed that the new borders would be named accordingly.
The new design makes use of year-round herbaceous plants and grasses with good winter structure.
The choice of plants took into consideration the effects of increased drought conditions and the importance of encouraging and preserving wildlife.
HiB secured funding for the project and planting in the style of the contemporary ‘Dutch Wave’ began in March 2012. The winding ‘ribbon’ outside Park House is nearly 100 metres long.
Volunteers, meeting on the second Sunday morning of every month, maintain the borders. To be involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Nature Garden
The Human Nature Garden garden is attractive and educational, reflecting the connection between people and plants in our everyday lives.
Horsham in Bloom’s biggest project, to date, it was funded by the Big Lottery and opened in 2011.
Themed beds are divided into categories such as herbs, medicines, cosmetics, food and sport. Display domes dotted along the path show information on the plants and current themes.
The garden is maintained by a small group of volunteers who meet every Friday morning – weather permitting – for two hours. Please use the contact details at the foot of the page if you would like to join us.
Some of the beds are planted annually with chosen themes and others are more permanent plantings with slower growing species.
Look for Ted, the shepherd and his dog (Treacle). These, and the sheep were brought into being by talented local wood carver, Dave Lucas.
Children love sitting on the sheep while parents relax for a short time.
The amphitheatre and stage have been in use for many events. The most popular is the July Horsham Festival.
The garden is open at all times (except for the occasional private event), so why not pop in as you pass by? It looks lovely in all weathers but a little bit of sunshine will surely encourage you to stay!
The garden can be available for private hire for large events. Please contact HiB Secretary on 01403 215285.
Getting there and parking – For SatNav users, the postcode of the garden is RH12 1AH The nearest entrance of the Park to the Human Nature Garden is off Albion Way.
New Street Garden
Formerly waste land, this area was transformed during 2005 into a pleasant community garden for use by the residents of surrounding streets.
It’s a place to enjoy the plants or sit down for a quiet read. Young children can play in safety and children’s birthday parties are sometimes held here.
The garden is maintained by the Friends of New Street Garden, formed by local residents.
Creating the maze was a joint project between Horsham in Bloom and Horsham District Council to celebrate the Millennium.
The original planting was carried out by volunteers, including students from Millais School, and is based around the theme of the St Leonard’s Dragon.
Local artist, Hannah Holmes, designed and created the centre bronze dragon sculpture. Children enjoy the challenge of negotiating the maze paths to reach the dragon.
The maze is currently maintained by contractors, assisted by volunteers from the Strawford Centre who carry out a weekly litter pick.