Goring keeps its identity

The longest avenue of ilex trees in the world

Another famous landmark is
Ilex Avenue. It is the longest avenue of ilex trees in the world and
attracts sightseers from across the
world.

The Ilex Conservation Group
was set up in 1983 to protect the
avenue of more than 450 ever-green oaks.

It stretches about a mile from
Sea Lane, Goring, to Sea Lane,
Ferring. It was originally an
approach drive to Goring Hall, a
private residence which has now become Goring Hall Hospital

The trees appeared as an established feature on the Ordnance
Map of 1879 and were planted by
David Lyon who owned the surrounding land.

Worthing Borough Council
holds the whole avenue in trust as
charitable land to be preserved for
the benefit of the public as a public
walk and pleasure ground in perpetuity.

Natalie Cropper is secretary of
the conservation group and lives in
Ilex Avenue. “The object of the
Ilex Conservation Group is to secure the conservation and preservation of the beauty and present
character of the avenue, together
with its environs and in particular
the area known as the Goring Gap,
and to protect the essential character of Sea Lane, Goring, and environs.”

Website for the community

She said that Goring residents
are still eager to establish their
own character. To help with this
independence, conservation group
member Mr Richard Waller has set
up a website for the community.

The site includes information on
local groups, tide times and water
quality as well as local news in the
Village Diary.

More than 100 visitors look at
the site each week and Mr Waller
is hoping that it will build up into a
comprehensive picture of community life.

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