At last I can reveal a closely guarded secret.
Sitting just north of the A27 between Arundel and Worthing, Chestnut Tree House is in a semi-rural location.
The house is set within beautiful grounds, with landscaped gardens and fields behind us. A couple of years ago, the land we are on came under the management of the South Downs National Park Authority.
At the end of last year, we were given an extended lease to include some woodland to the west of our building.
We immediately started to consider how we might make use of this additional plot and put up a mood board for parents, children, staff and visitors to come up with ideas together.
The result was the idea to develop a wheelchair-accessible woodland walk – a big ask indeed!
However the team at Chestnut Tree House have done it again and we managed to gain funding for the project as part of a grant from the Department of Health. The next step was planning permission and I so am thrilled it was granted. So, our plans to create a magical Woodland Walk and Tree House – all accessible by our children, young people and their families – are underway.
I will keep you updated!
Chestnut Tree House, in Dover Lane, Arundel, cares for over 280 children and young adults from 0-25 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions.
For more information on Chestnut Tree House visit the website www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk