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A new report conducted by Persil claims that 74% of children between the age of 6 and 12 spend less than 60 minutes a day playing outside, which is less than the recommended amount for prison inmates*.

Home Is A Natural Delight At Elysian Fields

Incorporating the ‘great outdoors’ into everyday life has been proven to provide the younger generation with excellent development, however research from the Wildlife Trust found that 78% of parents interviewed had concerns surrounding the amount of time their children spent interacting with wildlife**. Parents seeking a new family home surrounded by undisturbed open green spaces and wildlife for their children to experience, should look no further than Elysian Fields, the fourth and final phase by Countryside at Wickhurst Green, near the market town of Horsham.

Creating a perfect balance with nature, the new collection of four and five bedroom homes are surrounded by a wide selection of new wildlife habitats including three balancing ponds and 17 acres of reptile habitat as well as numerous bird and bat houses and boxes. These new habitats are proving very attractive to wildlife and have been a significant contributing factor in maintaining and extending the populations of protected species in the area, including the great crested newt, slow worm and various types of bats.

There are also lots of opportunities for play, sport and recreation at Wickhurst Green. Two large neighbourhood play areas designed for a range of age groups are being created, together with several community sports pitches with a pavilion and skate park. Families can also enjoy the great outdoors at ease through the managed areas of public open space. As part of Elysian Fields, allotments have also been proposed for residents to enjoy growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Andrew Loveday, Sales Director at Countryside, comments: “The accessibility of open green space and the opportunity to explore nature is an important factor that many families consider when searching for a new home. The master-plan at Wickhurst Green has been developed with this in mind and provides residents with a diverse environment for families to enjoy. Children living at Elysian Fields will also benefit greatly from the natural surroundings, as it encourages the development of their imagination, learning and intrigue of wildlife. The county of Sussex itself is 80% rural land, therefore there is ample opportunity for adventure and discovery”.  

Explorers will also appreciate the 90 acres of Southwater Country Park, six miles from Elysian Fields. The beautiful park includes ‘The Quarry’; a wildlife area managed for nature conservation which supports a variety of wildlife including lizards, butterflies and Kingfishers. The three lakes within comprise Lennox Wood fishing lake containing Carp, Crucians, Roach and Pike to name a few.

Less than a 15-minute drive from Elysian Fields, Fishers Adventure Farm Park makes for a perfect family day out. Kids can get involved in the Animal Encounters Barn and the handling paddocks, interacting with horses, sheep, alpacas, goats and as well as other livestock. The bee-hives and apple orchard can also be enjoyed, providing an opportunity for children to learn and be inspired by the surrounding natural environment.

Whilst surrounded by the beautiful countryside, Elysian Fields at Wickhurst Green boasts excellent travel connections. By road, the A24 provides direct access into London to the north and Worthing to the south. There are also regular bus routes from Broadbridge Heath into Horsham, where frequent rail services operate from Horsham to London Victoria and London Bridge in around 55 minutes.

Prices for the four and five bedroom homes at Elysian Fields start from £600,000. To register your interest, please call 01403 276700,email elysianfields@cpplc.com.

* http://www.dirtisgood.com/uk/truth-about-dirt.html

** http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/news/2015/11/03/every-child-wild-making-nature-part-growing-all-children

Information correct at time of publication.

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