New head gardener Sam hopes people will be proud of park

Sam Worsey, head gardener, Worth Park 'jpco-18-03-15-worsey SUS-151103-162528001
Sam Worsey, head gardener, Worth Park 'jpco-18-03-15-worsey SUS-151103-162528001

The Worth Park restoration project continues with the help of a new head gardener Sam Worsey.

Sam’s career in horticulture started nearly 10 years ago as an apprentice working on golf courses and studying amenity horticulture. He joined Crawley Borough Council three years ago and worked in the High Quality Horticulture team.

Sam said: “I would love Worth Park to become somewhere that the local community can come and use and be proud of. I have already noticed an increase in people using the park for various activities from dog walking to bike riding and even just sitting on a bench and reading a good book.”

The five-year project to restore Worth Park to its former glory is ongoing. The park, off of Milton Mount Avenue in Pound Hill, hides a largely complete, high status, late Victorian pleasure garden and landscape constructed by celebrated garden designers James Pulham and Son.

The improvement works have included the restoration of Worth Park Lake and the stonework in the formal gardens and the recent reconstruction of the historic Camellia Walk.

New trees have been planted, paths and access have been improved and a new visitor centre has been created in the former stable block, Ridley’s Court.