Midhurst and Petworth parish round-up

A FREE dog fun day is being held in WOOLBEDING Parkland on Sunday, May 13 from 10am-3pm in a bid to raise awareness about dogs in the countryside following problems of sheep worrying.

The event is being organised jointly by the National Trust and the South Downs National Park Association.

It is aimed at providing people with an opportunity to have fun with their dogs while raising issues on dogs being under control around livestock, and being responsible around areas with sensitive wildlife such as ground nesting birds.

There will be a dog show, working gun dog display, agility demonstrations and a ‘get lost and found’ exhibition by trained search dogs. Other dog charities will be there.

Guildford

Historic Loseley Park at GUILDFORD is again the host for the annual May fair, which helps to raise money for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The grounds of the stately home will be transformed into a shoppers delight on Wednesday and Thursday, May 16 and 17, with more than 70 stalls of home and garden wares, clothes, accessories, jewellery, gifts, and food.

Entry to the fair is £5 and visitors can also enjoy reduced entry to Loseley House and Gardens.

It is open on Wednesday from 10am-4pm and Thursday from 9.30am-3.30pm.

Haslemere

Persistent rain did not deter 13 members of HASLEMERE Natural History Society from joining Laura Ponsonby for a walk through the woods around Shulbrede Priory in Lynchmere to see the spring flowers.

Laura described the many uses of stinging nettles for paper, weaving, in soup and quiche, and as a cure for rheumatism.

She related how ground ivy was once used to flavour beer and how goose grass leaves were used for tea, the seeds for coffee and the whole plant possibly in cancer treatment.

In dense conifer woodland the ditches, banks and fallen tree trunks beside the path were a picture with mosses in various shades of green.

A Shulbrede speciality – pink wood sorrel – was seen away from the path.

Laura’s encyclopaedic knowledge was much appreciated as she described every plant found.

The event was part of the year-long programme of field meetings organised by Haslemere Natural History Society to raise awareness of the rich wildlife in this part of southern England.