© Worth Park Friends 2017
Our aim is to support and encourage restoration of the historic features of the gardens
Having a natter after one of our monthly talks Our stall at the Victorian Day 2017 Our Head Gardener Sam is giving a talk to the Friends Local Artist Maureen Williams at our Workshop Oct 2016
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Worth Park Friends
 Outreach - Exhibition at local venues. It premiered at the The Hawth (Crawley’s theatre),   then went to the local hospice and was shown later at Crawley Museum - Digital Library Display - Newsletters - Information put on Council website - Posters displayed on Community Notice Boards and Milton Mount flats notice   board - Participation in Community Day with exhibition at the local shopping parade - The Miltonian Guild (former pupils of Milton Mount College) is a member, so   are some of the 'old girls' giving it a worldwide base - The Milton Mount Foundation , which provides scholarships, takes an active    interest - Bournemouth Collegiate School (the school with which Milton Mount College   merged) values its history and is kept updated - Research into the Montefiore Family (the original owners)
 In the Grounds - Clear up days in conjunction with Crawley Borough Council/Gatwick   Greenspace  (Conservationists partnered with Sussex Wildlife Trust) or in   conjunction with  'Let's FACE it' (Council Community Project) - Catering at outdoor theatre plays with a wide audience base, in conjunction   with the Hawth - Assisting with the Big Draw - Running monthly workshops in Ridley's Court with guest speakers -  Providing historical walks on request, e.g. as part of Crawley Festival - Initiating monthly led Health Walks - now implemented by Walk4Life - Initiating sign posts for visitors to undertake walks on their own (we have a   mile+ course) - Bulb planting with members or with school children - Social links with Crawley Croquet Club who have many visiting clubs - Participating in Britain in Bloom, providing exhibition, touring park with RHS   judges to help Crawley become Champion of Champions - Participating in Crawley in Bloom (exhibition, touring the park with judges) to   compete for best park in Crawley, obtained a Silver Gilt Award for the South   and South East in Bloom competitions - Running a photo competition for best picture in grounds, local supermarket   was our sponsor - Strawberry tea with members and guests
Supporting the Successful Heritage Lottery Fund Bid Stage 2 - Members of the Heritage Lottery Fund Project Steering Group – meetings   with the consultants/officers on a regular basis - Arranging for Milton Mount archives at West Sussex Record Office Chichester   to be available for consultants - Assistance with exhibition boards and information at Public Consultations - Present at meeting with residents at Ridley's Court - Assistance with physical visitors count in the park - Assistance with questionnaires about the project in the park; another   questionnaire was sent to the members - Present when bid was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund; met the   Heritage Monitor
 Where we are now  Continuing to add to our thousands of volunteer hours by: - Attending monthly Steering Committee meetings with the Consultants   and Council - Holding committee meetings - Keeping our members informed via our newsletters - Being present and assisting at all events that now take place in the park - Arranging coach outings to other gardens - Holding monthly talks in Ridley’s Court - Hosting study days and visits with presentations and guided walks for   organisations such as the Sussex Gardens Trust and Crawley Museum - Continuing to inform the public and our members about Worth Park   via our website                                                                                         Kate Oliver
 The Friends’ Journey              towards obtaining Lottery Funding
Our chairman with Michael Good, our long-standing committee member, who retired in 2016 Members at RHS Wisley in October 2016