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Gardens and parks

Mill Pond and Water Gardens

Ifield Mill Pond is made up of northern and southern ponds, as well as Bewbush Water Gardens, an area of semi-formal ponds and natural planting.

The area has been designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance. 

Getting there

Ifield Mill Pond is located across parts of Ifield West, Bewbush and Gossops Green. 

Train

From Ifield station walk north along Ifield Drive, turn left onto Tangmere Road and then left onto Rusper Road until you reach the entrance to the mill pond on your left. The walk takes approximately 10 minutes.

Bus

Metrobus operates services near the park, route 1 and 200 stop on Gossops Drive and route 2 and 300 stop on Hyde Drive.

What to see

Plants
  • Greater reedmace
  • True bulrush
  • Yellow iris 
  • Water mint 
  • Amphibious bistort
Animals
  • Frogs, toads and newts 
  • Damselflies 
  • Coot
  • Moorhen
  • Mallard
  • Mute swan
  • Great crested grebe
  • Reed bunting
  • Grey wagtail
  • Kingfisher
  • Heron
  • Water rail

Things to do

Watermill

Visit Ifield Watermill on the last Sunday of the month from May to September and on National Mills Day in May each year. Call Crawley Museum Society on 01293 539088 for more information.

Walks

A 30 minute walk loops around the Ifield Mill Pond via the boardwalk or a longer 60 minute walk takes you back in time past the Ifield Water Mill. 

For children

Fun activity worksheets for children and an information leaflet for adults are available so that you can make the most of your time investigating the area.

Fishing

The Mill Pond fishery is south of the railway line and is operated by Crawley Angling Society for members only.

Volunteering

Help to manage this site by becoming a volunteer with Gatwick Greenspace Partnership.