Read the thoughts and observations from the Chairman of the Parish Council. The first one available now.
In lockdown it can be easy to feel stuck in the house and end up not seeing or speaking to anyone. Our usual activities are curtailed but walking is not restricted and you can go for a walk with one person from another household. Get together with a friend or neighbour and enjoy the scenery.
The Parish Council Emergency Group have been out and about updating 10 local walks which were originally put together by the Harting Society in 1999.
There are 10 walks in total and the first few are available now. Some will appeal to those who would like a more gentle walk while others will be popular with those like more of a challenge. We hope you enjoy them.
Follow the links below for printable versions of each walk.
Harting Walk No 2 – a more gentle walk around South Harting. Distance of approximately 2 miles
Harting Walk No 3 – a fairly easy and varied walk from South Harting towards Foxcombe with one steep hill. Distance of approximately 4 miles
Harting Walk No 4 – an easy walk with one moderately steep incline. Distance of approximately 3.5 miles
Harting Walk No 5 – a lovely walk across farmland to East Harting. Distance of approximately 3 miles
Harting Walk No 7 – a lovely walk taking in South Harting and farmland to East Harting. Distance of approximately 2 miles
Harting Walk No 10 – a long but easy walk taking in West Harting and beyond to Down Park Farm and Upperton. Distance of approximately 7 miles
Find out more about the walks
Harting Tree Champion Volunteers start work.
The work to rebuild the woodland at The Warren has started with local volunteers identifying and protecting over 700 sapling trees that have naturally started growing. Species include native field maple, common beech, dog rose and hazel.
The seedlings are covered by bio spiral guards, made from cornstarch, to protect them from rabbit and vole damage whilst they become established.
If you want to join the team to plant new sapling trees and shrubs and help with the ongoing management of The Warren please Contact Us.
Covid pandemic delays community planting days
Hopes that community planting days could be scheduled before Christmas have been dashed by national lockdown restrictions.
New dates will be planned for early 2021 and work is already underway to agree dates with South Downs National Park Rangers, who will be helping run the planting days, and arboriculturalist Petra Billings who has designed the woodland planting and management plan.
Planting trees is always dependent on weather and the added complications of changing social distancing requirements mean that last minute changes are always possible. All fingers are crossed for the new year.
Deer Fencing going up
A key priority for ensuring a healthy future for The Warren is protecting the natural re-growth of saplings and other wild plants as well as the newly planted trees. The best, and most cost effective, way to protect the plants is to install deer fencing around the perimeter of The Warren. This will only remain in place until the new trees are well established.
The installation of the deer fencing started on 11th November.
Win £150 prize by capturing incredible beauty of night sky. The enchanting Dark Skies of the South Downs National Park will be celebrated this autumn and winter with an awesome astrophotography competition.
There are three categories available to enter:
• South Downs Dark Skyscapes – an image that captures the star-studded Dark Skies of the South Downs National Park. Judges will be looking for awe-inspiring photography that shows off the landscape and/or cultural heritage and the dark skies above it!
• Living Dark Skies: people and nature – any image that captures human or wildlife activity. Ideas include images of people stargazing, people running or walking under the cover of darkness, or images of nocturnal wildlife or trees at night.
• Our Magnificent Moon – judges will be looking for breathtaking shots of our nearest neighbour in the solar
The first prize for each category will be £150,second prize is £75, and third prize is £50.
Entries must be submitted by midnight on 10th January 2021
For more information on this and other news from the South Downs National Park Authority
Chichester District Council want to hear from you about housing. Share your views on the council’s strategy and policy aimed to
- Help tackle excess cold and reduce fuel poverty
- Improve the standard of rented properties
- Assist homeowners that can’t afford repairs to their homes, and
- Support those who are disabled through facilities grants.
The policy also sets out the full range of enforcement powers which are can be used to help improve the standard of rented accommodation in the district.
Find our about the consultation including a link to the survey so you can share your views/
If you would prefer a paper copy email email@example.com.
The consultation started today and will run until 4 December 2020.
Now that we are are locked down for a second time The Parish Council Emergency Group (PCEG) has reconvened. As before we are on hand to make sure that no resident is left without support.
The Buddies are back and on hand to help you. You will receive an information pack and contact details for your buddy. Please feel free to contact them if you need help with anything such as shopping or picking up prescriptions if you are locked down.
Contact the PCEG via this website or call 07787 651701
Find out more information on the latest lockdown restrictions
As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in this area and within our community remember the guidance on how to keep safe and stay well
- Wash Your Hands frequently.
- Observe social distancing with people you do not share a home with.
- Stay at home if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if anyone you share a home with has symptoms.
- Wear a face covering when you are in enclosed spaces with other people
If you are in protective isolation or are self-isolating and need help please let us know.
- Contact your PCEG ‘buddy’,
- Contact Us via this website
- call the Parish Council on 07787 651701
We can help with emergency shopping, prescription collection and general support.
We are here to help
For more information see our page on Covid-19
The National Park Authority is seeking responses to a survey on dog walking behaviour from people who walk dogs in the South Downs National Park including dog owners, as well as those who walk dogs for others, such as dog walking professionals.
This survey is a follow up to one undertaken in 2018 and will help assess how dog walking behaviours have changed over the lifetime of the campaign.
It is part of a campaign called Take the Lead to encourage responsible dog walking and reduce the negative impact of certain dog walking behaviours on heathland and other habitats.
The disused telephone box in West Harting has been renovated to its former glory.
Long since decommissioned by BT the iconic red box is now owned by The Parish Council.
Harting Parish Council are holding an online public meeting on
Wednesday 7 October at 6.30pm via Zoom.
Join us to hear about the regeneration of The Warren and the Harting Tree Project.
This is your opportunity to ask any questions and tell us your views.
If you would like to join the meeting please Contact Us for further details and a Zoom invitation.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01730 825201