Hotham Park Heritage Trust (HPHT), currently a registered charity, is in the process of being dissolved with the intention of becoming a charitable organisation to be known as Friends of Hotham Park (FoHP).
Click this link for an update on the situation, including details of how to become a member of FoHP and the dates and times of future FoHP meetings as and when they become available.
Hotham Park Heritage Trust was run solely by a small group of unpaid Trustees, Members and Volunteers and relied on the goodwill of all it’s Members and additional Event Volunteers to help with the organising and running of events and social activities. This was enjoyable and very rewarding, especially when we saw the pleasure people got from the contributions we had made.
With funds raised from the 2016 Country Fair we were thrilled to commission and install a truly magnificent hand-carved wooden sculpture featuring the Mad Hatter figure and party table, complete with playing cards down the middle and carved wooden mushrooms as seating (pictured). This is situated in the Park to the east of the Mary Macfie Pavilion. After yet another successful Country Fair in 2017, we were delighted to add Alice, the White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts as part of our Alice in Wonderland Trail. The grand unveiling was on Sunday 27 May 2018. Make sure you follow the trail next time you are in the Park!
HPHT are proud to have raised over £125,000 for the following over the years:
- seating and lighting in the Mary Macfie Pavilion (the Pavilion was built with a £20,000 bequest to the Trust)
- commissioning and funding the Mad Hatter’s table, then a further 3 figures for the Alice in Wonderland trail
- providing ongoing funding towards equipment for the Children’s Playground
- helping towards the cost of restoration of Hotham House Clock Tower
- paying for the replacement sundial, situated close to the Clock Tower
- purchasing and installing nine park benches
- purchasing two interpretation boards, one next to Hotham House and the other next to the Mary Macfie Pavilion
- contributing towards lighting for the bandstand
- contributing towards plants and improvements for the ornamental pond
- paying for provision of a Blue Cedar Tree
- paying for and installing the Christmas Tree by the Lodge at the main entrance to the Park
- paying towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the Lodge garden
- commissioning and funding a sculpture inside the main gates depicting life within the Park
- repainting engine shed for Hotham Park Railway, with voluntary help from The Environment Agency
HPHT will also be funding the following between now and spring 2020, working in association with Arun District Council who will be undertaking much of the work on behalf of the Trust.
- new fencing around far end of Children’s Playground
- natural play area in Children’s Playground – grass mounds, boulders, tree stumps etc
- new trees to be planted throughout the Park, in the style of William Fletcher
- new park benches and picnic tables throughout the Park
- improvements to the Discovery Garden
- a new flag pole beside the Lodge car park
- shot-blasting of rose garden ironwork (4 x obelisk + 4 x trellis)
- refurbishment of notice board in Lodge car park
- information board beside sundial with instructions on how to read the dial
Total raised for the above
None of this would be possible without the help of our Volunteers and Members and we hope you will agree this is a very worthwhile cause.