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Crawley Park in the Spotlight

Conservation work at a park managed by Crawley Borough Council is currently featured on the prestigious Oxford University website.

Worth Park, renowned for its biodiversity, rare plants and award-winning trees, has a page on the Jewish Country Houses section due to its connections with the Montefiore and Rothschild families.

On the university website, park head gardener Steve Peters writes about the park’s rich history and the ongoing work to maintain it for future generations to enjoy.

These gardens do have a history and now they also have a future that complements this heritage rather than detracts from it through a programme of environmentally-beneficial developments. The park has become a rich tapestry of history and ecological correctness for all to enjoy today and tomorrow.


Head Gardener

It is not every day that you are given a platform on the website of such a distinguished academic institution as Oxford University and we are delighted that Worth Park is featured in this way. Our gardeners work extremely hard to look after our parks and gardens and it is really satisfying that they are being recognised in this way.

Councillor Chris Mullins

Cabinet member for Leisure and Wellbeing

Crawley Borough Council

To read the article go to Jewish Country Houses’ websiteOpens in new window.

Recently a document, Worth Park conservation report 2023 to 2024 – Conserving and increasing biodiversity at Worth Park, has become a worldwide template for green spaces celebrating Keep Britain Tidy’s prestigious Green Flag awards.

Worth Park, which has both Green Flag and Green Heritage status, was completely restored a decade ago.

Jane Green FRAS – Astronomer

Astronomer Jane Green spoke about the enormity of space talking about really big stars, helping us get to grips with the sheer size of what’s “out there” along with where Venus is in the May night sky along with looking out for some noctilucent clouds.

For more information on astronomy please click below


Crawley Town ex-manager Ban Extended

Former Crawley Town manager John Yems has had his ban for making racist remarks to players extended until 2026.
Yems was found guilty of 11 charges of racist abuse in January. He was given a 17-month ban.
The FA appealed the decision on the basis that it was “insufficient”.
The 63-year-old’s extended suspension is the longest ban issued to someone in English football for discrimination. 

Entries invited to ‘Greyhound Trust’ Art Competition

The Greyhound Trust is a registered charity founded in 1975, finding homes for retired racing greyhounds with 55 branches across the country.

Each year, they find homes for approximately 3,500 retired racing greyhounds and help hundreds more, but there are many more that still need help.

A competition is taking place for all ages and art styles where entries of greyhound artwork are being invited to be submitted with a chance of having it displayed on the walls within the new National Greyhound Homing Centre.

Send your greyhound artwork to by Saturday 10th April.
Entry is £5 and paid via Paypal (Family and Friends) to
Winners will be announced on 15th April 2021.
Good luck!

The local branch of the Greyhound Trust can be found at:
Greyhound Trust,
Peeks Brook Lane,
Surrey, RH6 9SX

Registered Charity Numbers: 269668, SC044047


The featured image is displayed courtesy of the Greyhound Trust, and thanks to michelle for the pencil drawing of a greyhound featured on the poster.

Car Leaves M25 Near Oxted After A Collision

Photo courtesy Surrey Roads Policing Unit

A vehicle left the M25 after a collision on Saturday and landed on the road below it. 

Two vehicles collided on the motorway after hitting standing water at speed before one came off the road before the barrier.  The incident occurred between the Godstone and Sevenoaks junctions at the Water Lane bridge.  Water Lane, which passes under the M25 at Titsey near Oxted, was closed while the driver was rescued and the vehicle recovered. 

Surrey Police report that both drivers escaped with minor injuries.