Worth Park’s new additions

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Three life size cows, created by West Sussex based sculptor Simon Groves, are now in residence in the meadow at Worth Park.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the cows were commissioned to emphasise the history of the park by highlighting the use of open parkland in the Montefiore era for grazing herds of prize-winning Jersey cows, which were a feature of the Worth Park landscape for many years.

The cows; two adults and a calf, were carved in the autumn of 2016 from a 180-year-old oak tree sourced from the Petworth Estate.

In keeping with the history of the park, they are located close to the ha-ha, a walled ditch intended to be invisible from the house whilst keeping cattle from straying into the formal gardens.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said: “Simon has done a wonderful job, and the cows are a fantastic addition to the park.

“Since they have been installed, we have had some great feedback about them and I look forward to park users enjoying them for years to come.”

For more information about Worth Park, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/worthpark

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