Charity chosen to run cafe in Tilgate Park

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An environmental charity has been chosen to run the Walled Garden Cafe, in Tilgate Park, Crawley.

Groundwork, the environmental and social regeneration charity, will be the new operator at the cafe for the next seven years, with the option to carry on for a further three years.

Crawley Borough Council has awarded a lease to Groundwork South, starting on Monday (March 31).

A council spokesman said Groundwork had a long track record of running cafés as hubs for the community and hadplans to run events, training and other community services from the Walled Garden Community Café.

There will also be a competition for customers new and old to help redesign a logo for the café.

A new menu and new opening times will be introduced but current opening times remain the same for the Easter school holidays – 10.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and 10.30am-5pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Kristin Sjovorr, Development Manager for Groundwork South, said: “Groundwork as a charity is all about bringing people together and focusing on practical ways to build stronger and greener communities.

“Our vision is for the Walled Garden Community Café to be a hub for community action, to support the fantastic local growers and for giving young people a taste of what it is like to work in catering and horticulture through our apprenticeship opportunities.

“The café will be for the community, not just in the community. We can’t wait to get started.”

Cllr Duncan Crow, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “The Walled Garden Community Café has a great deal of potential, being situated in beautiful Tilgate Park next to the ever-popular Nature Centre.

“I wish Groundwork and its staff all the best in the running of the café and look forward to dropping in for a coffee.”

For more information about Tilgate Park visit www.crawley,