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Waving the green flag of success!

Published: 11 November 2020

From: Culture

 Crawley Borough Council has been awarded more prestigious Green Flags in this year’s awards announcement.

The Memorial Gardens, Worth Park, Goffs Park, Ifield Mill Pond and Tilgate Park are among the winners, continuing a long run of awards for the council.

Ifield Mill Pond has joined the growing list of Green Flag approved spaces in Crawley. Considered the most important wetland site in the town and designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance, the beautiful area features Bewbush Water Gardens, an area of semi-formal ponds and natural planting. Visitors can enjoy a stroll on the impressive boardwalk across the southern pond and take a look around the Ifield Watermill, which is operated by the Crawley Museum Society and open to the public from May to September.

This is the second consecutive year that Worth Park has been awarded a Green Flag with the historic park’s formal gardens, a stunning fountain, stone balustrading, a listed rockery, a wooded lake, a meadow, croquet lawns and a tennis court impressing the judges once again.

Visitors to the park can enjoy a drink at the brand new Ridley’s café.  

This is the 18th consecutive year that Tilgate Park has received the award. Set in 400 acres, its natural landscape boasts ancient woodland, lakes, gardens and lawns alongside, the new Lakeside Café, Tilgate Nature Centre, Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, the Walled Garden Café, Go Ape, lake activities with Tilgate Park Watersports Centre and the Smith and Western restaurant.  

Goffs Park has now been awarded the Green Flag 12 times. The popular park features a lake, miniature railway, great play facilities.

The Memorial Gardens, in the town centre, has also received its 12th Green Flag. Situated in the heart of the town centre, the gardens are the perfect place for shoppers and workers to relax and enjoy the colourful surroundings.

The Green Flag Award Scheme is handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. Winners are judged to boast the highest possible environmental standards, be beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

This year has highlighted the importance of having green spaces available for residents and these awards are fitting tributes to all the teams that worked hard in difficult circumstances to keep them looking at their best this year. I’m delighted our winning streak has continued!

Cllr Chris Mullins

Cabinet member for Wellbeing

For more information about the Green Flag Awards, visit the Green Flag Award site or the Keep Britain Tidy site.

To discover more about Crawley’s parks visit our parks pages.
There are working groups for Worth Park and Goffs Park, who work together with the council to maintain the parks, making sure they are safe, attractive and preserved for future use. 

For more information on the Friends of Worth Park, visit the Worth Park Friends site or to find out more about the Friends of Goffs Park visit the Friends of Goffs Park Facebook page

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