A tanyard existed in Henfield from Tudor times to 1844, turning cattle hides into leather.
Although not far from the High Street, this character area is a world away in its pastoral feel and provides a rural setting in the centre of the village.
Today the Tanyard is a green oasis running down from the duck pond (a spring-fed pond, used to soak the hides) with birds, insects, rare grasses and wild flowers. Its location is marked by a towering lime tree and a maturing hornbeam.
The Tanyard is owned by Horsham District Council and managed via the Joint Commons Committee (HDC & HPC)
The remainder of the Tanyard where the hides of cattle were once processed is now a damp wildlife rich meadow.
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