We are supportingWorth ParkPound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, England
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.We meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the now newly refurbished Montefiore Room at Ridley’s Court.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.The next Friends’ Talk is on Tuesday, 12th June 2018: “The Palace of Westminster and the House of Commons”
Our aim is to support and encourage restoration of the historic features of the gardens
4th May 2018: A Sparrowhawk, photographed by Tom-Howard-Jones6th May 2018: A glorious Bank Holiday Sunday: the Sundial Garden with the restored Pulham balustrades of the Long Walk in the background; the Fountain Garden with the group of our three Cedars of Lebanon; the pollinators are out in force;20th May 2018: Lake scene (Ingrid Payne).