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© Worth Park Friends 2018
Worth Park Friends
We are supporting Worth Park Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, England  
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.

The next Friends’ event is on Tuesday, 8th May 2018: AGM, Croquet and Strawberry Tea 

16th   April   2018:   Spring   is   here   at   last:   View   from   the   Italian   Walk,   The   Pulham   Islet   surrounded   by   fresh   green,   one   of   the   newly   planted   camellias   blooming   in   the Camellia   Walk,   Magnolia   Stellata   in   the   raised   bed   at   the   entrance   opposite   Ridley’s Court,   a   Crested   Grebe    on   the   lake   with   reflections   from   the   weeping   willow   and   blue sky;   photos:   Ingrid   Payne.   The   Italian   Walk   photo   was   taken      on   the   12th   April   2015 when the blossom was slightly more advanced than this year.
Our aim is to support and encourage restoration of the historic features of the gardens