Worth ParkPound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, England Lottery funded with the help of Worth Park Friends
The Friends and Crawley Borough Council have been working together since June 2009 to secure Heritage Lottery Fundingfor Worth Park. Some of our members worked already on the first bid for Lottery funding which was submitted in 2007 by our predecessors, the Friends of Worth Park Gardens. This public park and the former stable block, Ridley’s Court, are all that remains of a former country estate which was owned by a branch of the Montefiore family. After the First World War, Milton Mount College, a boarding school for girls, bought the Montefiore mansion and parts of the landholdings. The school relocated in 1960 and sold the site to Crawley Borough Council (1963). Main features of the park are Ridley’s Court, containing a fully refurbished meeting room and interpretation centre, the formal gardens with the Camellia Walk- which is unique in its design -, the large PulhamFountain, an Italianate Terrace (also by James Pulham and Son), Croquet lawns and the lake with its four small islands.
Kniphofia Sunningdale Yellow in the Sundial Garden with the Camellia Walk in the background, photo: 3/7/2017 Michael Good - Flowers on one of our beautiful Bean Trees (Catalpa bignonioides) - In the wild flower meadow coming up from Somerville Drive, photos 25/6/2017 Ingrid Payne - The small Pulham Fountain, now a planter, photo Tom-Howard-Jones 5/6/2017