20-year long makeover for neglected park

Grade I-listed Wrest Park in Bedfordshire is to be restored in a 20-year project announced by English Heritage today (10 September).

Wrest Park, due for a 20-year makeover - photo: English Heritage
Wrest Park, due for a 20-year makeover - photo: English Heritage

The estate, which was owned by the de Grey family, includes design from Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, William Kent, Batty Langley and Thomas Archer.

English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said: “Wrest Park is now being restored, reversing years of neglect and placing this once famous and beautiful landscape back into the limelight.”

Work taking place over the next two decades will include repairs to Capability Brown’s lakes, replanting the Italian Garden to include such seasonal flowers such as in spring, wallflowers, tulips, hyacinths, and geraniums, developing new visitor facilities within the Walled Gardens and enhancing the historic paths, walkways, and avenues around the estate

The conservation work completed so far includes the restoration of the Mansion’s formal entrance area, the iron garden railings and many of the garden statues.

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