- Map 1930, West Sussex Record Office
I did enjoy my visit to Highdown, an oasis in a creeping desert.
* Letter to Sybil Stern, Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
To the People of Worthing
Highdown Gardens is owned by the Highdown Tower Garden and Pleasure Ground Trust (or Highdown Gardens Trust) and is managed by Worthing Borough Council (WBC). The Trust was formed in 1968 when the gardens were given to the people of Worthing by Lady Sybil Stern following the death of her husband Sir Frederick Stern.
The charity’s aim are:
“The Gardens are for the benefit of the public as an amenity open space park or pleasure ground to the intent that the same shall forever form a natural approach to the South Downs from the built-up area of the borough of Worthing.”
Highdown Gardens is a charity registered in England and Wales (registered charity number 305445). It is governed by a Deed of Gift dated 19 February 1968 and a Charity Commission Scheme of 11 July 1983.
Thanking Lady Stern for the gift, the Mayor (Councillor B.P.Ross) said that it was an historic occasion. ‘It will mean that the beauty of this area will be preserved for ever. I would like to say on behalf of the town how happy and grateful we are to you for making such a wonderful gift’.