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Spend summer on the bench in Park House Sensory Garden!

Below is an update on recent developments in Horsham Park, including a new curved bench and a restored love seat, installed by Friends of Horsham Park. 

We are also running a competition on social media around the love seat.

And, Horsham has been nominated for the UK's Favourite Parks competition, so we'd love local residents to vote for us. 

All details below and attached with an image of Friends Volunteers on the new bench. 

Let me know if you need anything further on this.

Ros Shiel
07841 694137 

15 July 2022

Spend summer on the bench in Horsham Park House Sensory Garden!

The Park House Sensory Garden in Horsham Park has a new addition designed to make it an even more enjoyable space to spend the summer:  a curved bench, installed by the Friends of Horsham Park to commemorate the garden's 30thanniversary.

The curved bench was custom made, thanks to generous contributions from Royal Sun Alliance and Sussex Community Foundation. It is sited in a peaceful corner, mostly in shade, making it a perfect spot for groups or families to enjoy the garden.

In designing the bench, the Friends consulted local groups, and their needs were taken into account, for example: siting in the shade, seating with arms to ease standing up, and space alongside it for wheelchairs and buggies. It seats eight people and its curved shape helps deaf or hard of hearing people to communicate more easily with others, compared to a straight bench.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the garden, the Friends have refurbished a love seat, and are running a competition on social media to encourage visitors to take a photo of them sharing the seat with a loved one.

So far, the Friends have received photos of newly-weds, pairs of friends and dog-owners with their beloved pooch - so be as creative as you want! To enter, take a photo with the love seat and post on your Instagram using #loveatfirstseat and tagging @horshampark orsend your picture via email to

Cast your vote for Horsham Park!

Horsham Park has been nominated for the national UK's Favourite Parks competition, run by Fields in Trust. With support from Horsham residents, it could be named as a winner next month.  Voting is open now and closes on 18 August, so govisit the nominations pageand search for Horsham Park.

Friends of Horsham Park volunteers enjoy the new curved bench
Friends of Horsham Park volunteers enjoy the new curved bench in Park House Sensory Garden

The Friends of Horsham Park aims to protect, enhance and promote Horsham Park as a place of recreation and enjoyment for the long-term benefit of everyone. Anyone with an interest in the Park is welcome to join the Friends and get involved in their activities, which include a weekly gardening session. For more information,


For further information: Sally Sanderson

07714 100826