It's with a Heavy Heart that Julian Ford owner of Huxleys birds of prey centre in Horsham Lost his short Battle with Cancer. He quietly passed away this afternoon surrounded by family at home.
He knew so many people I won't be able to get around you all. He will be greatly missed at the centre by all the birds, staff and friends. He was amazingly loved by many. I just wanted to say you will be missed, loved for ever, my best friend.. and most of all my dad. Love you mate. Rest well.. xx
We will be holding a Celebration of Life day at the centre in due Course.
The Garden and Centre
The centre began as Julian's private collection and was moved to its current location in 1993. Its hard to believe that the site where Huxley's and its stunning garden stands was once a dumping site for the garden centre. However after lots of blood, sweat and tears Julian managed to turn the abandoned land into a well loved home for all the birds.
In the summer, the garden border is a mass of colour, with lavender and the largest dahlia blooms that you have ever seen. There is also a collection of tropical plants, such as Palms, Thunbergias and Tree Ferns.
Our Japanese water feature has a variety of Acers and Bamboos planted around the pond. Scattered around the garden are seats for you to sit on and relax, away from the stresses of every day life. Our aviaries are set around the sides of the garden so there's plenty of scope to wander round the path. The Display Lawn is central to the centre with plenty of seating to watch the birds flying. Our aim is to ensure that our visitors have a pleasant day with us, with plenty of information about our birds, and other birds of prey in general, including habitat and conservation.
There are always staff around if you have a particular question to ask.
We are proud of the fact that the garden has won awards in its own right. We have won a Gold award for the best commercial premises in Horsham in Bloom, and we have also been featured in National Garden magazine.