Conservative Council Leader Kevin Davis has announced plans for a new country park to be situated at Tolworth Court Farm.
The site, already owned by the Council, and bordered by Jubilee Way and Kingston Road, is currently closed off by earth banks, but will be accessible to local residents under plans to open the space up. It is anticipated that there will also be a car park and visitor centre, but no building work will take place on the site itself.
The location, which is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, will provide not just a unique leisure feature for Kingston residents, but also a site of historical interest and education. At the time of the Domesday Book, Tolworth Court Farm’s tenant in chief was Richard, son of Count of Gilbert, and had only 31 households living there. This project will open up the land for greater public access and trace that history from medieval times and create an understanding of rural life.
Cllr Kevin Davis said,
Our population is growing and it is more important than ever that we provide open spaces for us all to enjoy. A site such as Tolworth Court Farm has enormous educational potential, as it is linked to Tolworth’s rural origins. In a growing, multicultural Borough we need to do what we can to highlight our past.