Open day for tours of Horsham’s Hills Cemetery

Hills Cemetery, Horsham
Hills Cemetery, Horsham

An open day tour of Hills Cemetery in Horsham has been planned for Thursday 23 August to give anyone interested the chance to look around the site.

The free tour of the cemetery, which is owned and managed by Horsham District Council, will start at 2pm and there will be coffee and tea served afterwards.

Anyone who wants to enquire about the cemetery will always receive a professional, friendly and sympathetic service at Hills Cemetery, which is located in Guildford Road, Horsham.

Visitors will see that great effort has been put into making the cemetery attractive and welcoming so the area is a pleasant place to visit.

A programme of tree planting has taken place and is being expanded to give the area an attractive look about it with many unusual species of trees.

In addition to this, many plants and shrubs have been planted and should in a few years present a most interesting display together with the many wild flowers, which have been sown over the years.

Visitors may notice several bird boxes recently installed and it is to staff’s delight that some of these boxes have been used by the birds this spring.

Visitors to the cemetery may see two green woodpeckers that have been resident there for a number of years.

After a walk through, visitors can take a rest on one of the many benches and admire the different colour trees and flowers and in particular the magnificent copper beeches.

Jonathan Chowen, Horsham District Council cabinet member for arts, heritage and leisure, said: “Hills Cemetery is a gem that many of our local residents know little about.

“This open day gives everyone a chance to see what a lovely place it is and to ask any questions.”

Anyone interested in attending the tour is asked to call Horsham District Council on 01403 253191 with their name and numbers attending.

Donations to cover refreshments would be appreciated.