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Linda Perry’s column: Sarah’s Orchard

Wednesday 14 June 2017

We are very fortunate at Chestnut Tree House to have a large amount of land surrounding the House.  The beautiful countryside enhances the environment to make it such a lovely atmosphere for parents to bring their children, either to have fun and make special memories, or to spend their last days together.

We have colourful gardens with swings and slides, and we have our wonderful Woodland Walk, which is wheelchair friendly and was specially designed to be fully-accessible so that all the children can enjoy the exciting things it has to offer. Then we have the memory garden which is a peaceful place for reflection and memories, used by our families whose children are no longer with them.

I am thrilled to announce that we are very lucky to now have an orchard as well, planted with different varieties of Sussex apples. The trees are very small at the moment, but it is going to be a lovely place.

The orchard, which we have named Sarah’s Orchard, is a space to remember the lovely Lady Sarah Clutton, our former president who very sadly passed away in 2015. Lady Sarah very generously donated the land on which Chestnut Tree House is built free of charge, and without her wonderful kindness we would not be here today to help the children of Sussex and their families.

Linda Perry is Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree House. Her column is published every Wednesday in the West Sussex Gazette.
This column was first published on Wednesday 14 June 2017.