Wetland habitat to be reintroduced

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THE FRIENDS of Chesworth Farm (FCF) will be holding an exhibition next weekend about plans to reinstate a rare and ancient wetland to the south of Horsham.

The group, which formed just over a year ago, is planning to return the low-lying Riverside fields to original wet meadowland and also to erect a new signboard at the entrance to help newcomers find their way around the site and allow information, such as recent wildlife sightings, to be shared by visitors.

The Friends are holding an exhibition to ask the public about their views on Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3 at by the Parks Depot at the farm.

The project was conceived for broadly two reasons: to address the serious ongoing concern about riverbank erosion, which if left unchecked, would eventually mean the closure of the fields for safety reasons and secondly to preserve this rare wetland habitat.

This would have many benefits in increased diversity and the attraction of a range of wetland flora and fauna which would be attracted to the site.

Access for all groups would remain but would follow more structured paths.

The exhibition will be running from 10am to 12noon, where the public can see what is proposed, discuss it with FCF members and countryside wardens and give their views.

For more details of the plans or how to join, go to www.friendsofchesworthfarm.com or call 01403 267255.