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Worth Park Friends
Worth Park Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, England Worth Park Friends –Instrumental in obtaining Lottery Funding  
The   Friends   and   Crawley   Borough   Council   have   been   working   together   since   June   2009   to   secure Heritage   Lottery   Funding    for   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   Pulham    Fountain ,   an   Italianate   Terrace   (also   by   James   Pulham   and   Son),   Croquet   lawns   and the lake  with its four small islands.

Next Friends’ event: Tuesday, 10th April 2018, Talk: “The History of Parks and Parkland


Slow,   but   steady   signs   of   spring   (photos   1   and   2)   “Keeping   the   young   ones   warm”   - Egyption   Goose   protecting   her   goslings,   photo:   Ingrid   Payne   7/3/2018;   One   of   our little   Egyptian   Goslings ,   photo:   Tom   Howard-Jones   23/2/2018,   -   “Snowdrops”in   the upper gardens 1/2/2018, both photos Michael Good.
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Our aim is to support and encourage restoration of the historic features of the gardens