Martletts Tree sculpture to be moved to Crawley Library

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A town centre tree sculpture will move to Crawley Library to make way for the £3m Queens Square regeneration project.

West Sussex County Council confirmed The Martletts Tree, which has stood in the square since 1999, will be relocated next year.

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A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council said the tree celebrated the heraldic origin of the Martletts, which feature in the town’s coat of arms, and included more than 100 tiny Martlet birds.

It featured four pennants with a cut-out design depicting symbols of Crawley’s history, including iron smelting and forging, agriculture and transport.

It will be cleaned and repaired off-site before it is relocated outside the library, Southgate Avenue.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: “The Martletts Tree is a fantastic piece of public art in the town centre and I’m sure the sculpture will look great in its new location.”

A council spokesman added: “Another structure moving to make way for the work in Queens Square is the Bandstand, which will be refurbished and redecorated next year before being relocated to the Memorial Gardens.

“The £3m Queens Square regeneration will redefine Queens Square as the heart of the town centre, creating a high quality, inviting, distinctive and enjoyable public space encouraging more people to visit, stay and make use of the area.

“There will be water features, more green elements, an improved layout as well as better lighting and seating to encourage visitors to stay longer.

“It is also hoped to encourage new and existing building owners and businesses to invest in the area, potentially acting as a catalyst for wider regeneration.”

For more information on the regeneration of Queens Square visit www.crawley.gov.uk/queenssquare

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