Sussex Prairies is open from 2nd June until 10th October 2021. We are open five days a week , 1pm until 5pm - closed Mondays and Tuesdays.(except Bank Holiday Monday 30th August 2021) You are welcome to bring picnics. Dogs also welcome. *No need to Book.(* unless you are attending a special event requiring booked tickets and slots )

RHS Partner Garden.

Artist in Residence – Claire Fearon

Claire FearonThis year we have an artist and poet in residence, Claire Fearon. She will be exhibiting in the garden room her paintings, with their associated poems on the theme of being human.

Her vibrant works and moving poetry cover everything from love and loss, family, creativity, our relationship with the natural world and of course the pandemic. Paintings and poetry of these times.

Not only will Claire be exhibiting with us, but she is also moving her studio into the Garden Room for the whole season, so if you’re lucky, you will be able to catch up with her working in her studio or around the gardens.

Claire is also writing an anthology over the summer called Poems from the Tower. Works written from the top of our new tower, inspired by what she sees below. It’s wonderful for us to have the tower used in this way as unfortunately, due to Covid, we can’t allow visitors up there this year.

Claire will be creating a poetic record, of what we hope, is a magical post pandemic year here at Prairies.

Blue Head


I used to paint but then my father died
And so, my brush ran dry
No amount of paint, paper or pleading
Could get my hands to make manifest
What I had locked inside

Changed forever and abandoned by the Muse
Calm in the face of such loss
No one would ever see the truth
For there was no way of expressing this sorrow

It was as though more than my father had vanished
An earthquake was unleashed with tremors that would not end
Ripples spinning out and touching all aspects of what it meant to exist
Then I dissolved, I too was lost, gone forever

Until I learned to accept that the world would never look the same
I would never feel the same, I would never be the same
A death forces you to be reborn, scorched and charred like a Phoenix
Rising from the ashes of all you deeply loved and held dear

My father died and I lost my brush but I found my pen.


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Sussex Prairie Garden

Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
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, West Sussex, BN5 9AT

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