To celebrate the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, a new floral bed attraction has been created in Horsham Park and was unveiled to the public by Horsham District Council’s Chairman Cllr Kate Rowbottom on 26 June.
Organised by community group Friends of Horsham Park and funded by the Council’s Year of Culture team, a local competition was launched asking locals to design a new planting scheme in the park which would both create an engaging visitor attraction and be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The competition was won by local resident Debbie Hepburn who is a regular volunteer with the Friends group.
Commenting on her creation, Debbie said:
“My design began by selecting plants which I know attract different kinds of bees. I noticed that the yellow and purple colours of these appear on the opposite sides of the colour wheel and so this inspired me to choose other plants with the same contrasting colours to create an eye-catching display for the park.”
“The planting scheme should go on flowering into the autumn providing valuable nectar for nature’s pollinators.”
Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen added:
“This has been a great team effort on behalf of the Council’s Park’s and Countryside team and the Friends of Horsham Park, creating a lasting feature for the enjoyment of visitors and a place for insects to flourish.”
Chair of the Friends of Horsham Park, Sally Sanderson commented:
“This rather overgrown bed has been transformed by Debbie’s colourful design. We know that visitors, as well as bees and insects, are going to love the flowers and bug hotel which form part of the display.
“Under Debbie’s direction we have had great fun clearing the bed and planting it up and we all enjoyed making the bug hotel.”
The new bed is octagonal and is situated on the site of the former bandstand by the outdoor gym pod near to the High Places feature in the park.
Photo: HDC Chairman Cllr Kate Rowbottom with Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen with Chair of Friends of Horsham Park Sally Sanderson, competition winner Debbie Hepburn, and a selection of the Friend’s Wednesday morning volunteers group.