Nature Recovery Award - Past Recipients

Our Nature Recovery Award is available to fund projects in Horsham District that contribute to the Nature Recovery Network for a value up to £5,000. We are delighted to celebrate with you all our successful recipients so far! If these amazing projects inspire a project idea of your own, click here to learn more about the Nature Recovery Award and how you can apply too.

The Society of St. Columba (Wiston) 

To restore a large pond on the South Downs as part of a larger site-wide ambition to create a mosaic of habitats, converting the site to mixed grazing, woodland, and wildflower site.

The site cleared for the creation of a new pond on the South Downs.

Brookfields Farm (Woodmancote)

To create a large pond, comprising of multiple depth shelves, to add greater habitat diversity to an area of land also being improved through the planting of a native hedgerow and a reduction in year-round equine grazing.

The pond at Brookfields Farm as it was being created.

Lakeside Conservation Volunteers (Horsham)

Removing the invasive species rhododendron from Ayshe Court Lakes, an area that is being managed to improve its value for wildlife. To keep up with their progress or even lend a hand with their many conservation tasks yourself, you can check out their Facebook page.

The Lakeside Conservation Volunteers in action.

Holy Trinity CEP School (Lower Beeding)

Year 5 and 6 children are improving their school grounds for wildlife, transforming a disused area into a wildlife garden with bug hotels, bird boxes, a mini pond, a hedgehog home, a wildflower meadow, and log piles.

The before and 'in progress' pictures of the wildlife garden.

Wild About Warnham (Warnham)

To support the local Swift Action project and help rebuild the local Swift population in Warnham by funding a further 23 boxes (42 nest holes) on top of the existing 11 boxes already in place around the Parish. This is just one of many strands and projects being undertaken by Wild About Warnham - to learn more about how they are helping Warnham's wildlife, have a read of leader David Bridges' blog on all the work they do and see their Facebook page for regular posts.

A swift rescued and reared by a local Warnham resident and Swift Action Coordinator. 

Friends of Glebe Field (Pulborough)

To create a community orchard in Glebe field that will support a mosaic of habitats, including the introduction of bat and bird boxes, hedgerow planting, and the creation of wildflower meadows.

Friends of Glebe Field with the beginnings of their new community orchard.

Rackham Cottages (Parham)

To support the natural regeneration of woodland and nationally scarce heathland damaged by browsing by fencing a proportion of the property to reduce the detrimental impact of excessive deer grazing.

Joshua Powell (Horsham)

Using small mammal warning signs and ‘ghost’ hedgehog signs in vehicle-wildlife collision hotspots to reduce human-driven mortality of small mammals, particularly the European hedgehog, and improve connectivity between viable wildlife habitats, in urban and suburban Horsham.

Field of Dreams (Henfield)

Transforming the land for wildlife, including the creation of a series of ponds and converting the low diversity grassland into a species-rich meadow.

Raylands Country Park (Southwater)

To support the continuation of the wildlife-friendly management of the Country Park by creating additional habitats such as the planting of a native hedgerow, apple trees, and strategic placement of kestrel and owl boxes on a site where these birds of prey are already known to nest.