Hotham Park Heritage Trust was formed in 1998 to safeguard and improve Hotham Park in Bognor Regis. The Park is Bognor’s largest and most central green space, and was established in the 18th century by Sir Richard Hotham. The house he built is grade II* listed and is privately owned. The clock tower attached to the house contains the oldest clock (1794) in this part of Sussex, and the park was farmland in Sir Richard’s time. Significantly William Fletcher was the owner who developed the land into the beautiful parkland we all enjoy today.
The Trust is a non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit making voluntary organisation designed to protect the heritage of Sir Richard Hotham, founder of the park, and it’s status as a conservation area as created by William Fletcher. The park opened to the public in 1947 and the Trust is an important factor in its future sustainability. Following the successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2006, in which The Trust acted as a key partner with Arun District Council, the Park was awarded 2.2million pounds and now has an additional 5.5 acres of open parkland and covers an overall area of 9 hectares (22 acres). The Trust’s members are all volunteers and their mission is to ensure that the park reaches its potential as an invaluable community asset that makes a substantial contribution to conservation, ecology, health, education, regeneration, cultural and community cohesion.
The Trust represents users of the park and it produces an annual calendar of meetings, talks and outings agreed with its membership. Fundraising events have raised considerable sums for the park, the largest contributions being £18,000 toward the children’s playground, £6,700 toward restoration of the clock tower, £5,000 for plants for the ornamental pond garden, and 9 park benches costing over £1,000 each. Our greatest fund raising event is the Hotham Park Country Fair held over two days in August every year.
There are over 100 varieties of tree’s in Hotham Park and many of them are well over 100 years old, and it is a haven to wildlife giving pleasure to people of all ages. You can help us to protect the historic parkland by joining the Trust. Follow the membership link.
The Trust’s Headquarters are situated in The Lodge adjacent to the car park at the main entrance.