Sussex

Worth Park restoration project given £2.4m grant

Worth Park fountain
Image caption Worth Park was originally a medieval deer park and formed part of the Forest of Worth

A historic park in West Sussex has received a £2.42m grant to return it to its former Victorian glory.

Crawley Borough Council has received the funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for the Worth Park restoration scheme.

Worth Park consists of formal gardens, recreational parkland and a lake area, which is a site of nature conservation interest.

It was originally a medieval deer park and formed part of the Forest of Worth.

The money comes from the funds' joint Parks for People programme.

The council, which is also contributing £975,000 towards the five-year project, expects work to begin early in the new year.

Stuart McLeod, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said the grant would give Worth Park "a new lease of life".

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