Horsham’s hidden gems are recognised internationally

Travel writers at the Guardian have recognised Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods in Harwood Road, Horsham as top “hidden gem” destinations in the world for 2017.

The popular woodland attractions were rated alongside world renowned locations, such as Lake Gaube in the French Pyrenees, Shell Beach; one of Australia’s natural wonders of the world and the Belmonte Calabro coast in Italy and came out as one of the publication’s best hidden discoveries of 2017.

Describing the experience of visiting the local woods, the Guardian said it was “transported to another world” as it explored the combined 108 acres of woods and heathland.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, responded: “We are very pleased that Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods have been commended alongside such prestigious world destinations.

“It is a fitting tribute to the hard work put in by the council’s wardens and our volunteers from the Green Gym in nurturing and maintaining their acres of flora and fauna.

“They are truly “hidden gems” and just typical of the type of rich cultural experience visitors to our district can expect to enjoy.”

Leechpool covers some 53 acres and is home to lots of wildlife and a multitude of greenery. Owlbeech consists of some 55 acres of heathland, which is being encouraged back to its former glory and houses a variety of livestock.

Run and maintained by Horsham District Council, Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods are free to visit and are open all year round.

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