Consultation starts with residents on amenities in park undergoing £2.4m restoration

Crawley Borough Council has launched a ten-week consultation with local residents as part of the restoration of Worth Park funded by a £2.42 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.  

The park’s late Victorian pleasure garden and landscape, constructed by James Pulham and Son, had fallen into disrepair and is now being brought back to its former glory.

The gardens already have facilities for tennis and croquet, something the council has had some success in encouraging new players to take up.

Themed walks, petanque and cycle rides are among the new suggestions so far put forward.

Work on the restoration is one year into a five-year project. So far Pulhamite terracotta has been replaced in the Dutch garden and Italian terrace, overgrown and diseased trees have cleared from Worth Park Lake and a contractor appointed to restore the lake by repairing the dam, planting around its edges and further clearing overgrown trees from the islands in the middle of the lake.

The council’s cabinet member for Leisure and Cultural Services councillor Duncan Crow said: "Lots of progress has been made in the first year of this project. Worth Park is a beautiful public space and I hope these major improvement works attract people from all over the area in the coming years."

In the New Year the council will recruit a head gardener and apprentice who will plant the formal gardens and oversee further improvements.

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