Landscaping to form part of £6.9m Ordsall Hall overhaul

Landscaping work including the creation of ornamental gardens and an orchard is to take place at a historic house with links to Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot.

Lancashire's Ordsall Hall is to receive a £6.9m makeover - largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Salford City Council - that includes improvements to its outdoor space.

The Grade I-listed historic house has now closed for works following the award of the contract to Preston-based conservation restoration firm Lambert Walker. It is expected that the project will be completed around Easter 2011.

The Tudor building was once home to the wealthy Radclyffe family and according to local legend Guy Fawkes hatched his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament while staying there.

The entire hall is to be overhauled, with some £800,000 of the overall budget earmarked for the landscaping scheme, according to the local authority. Of that, around £150,000 will go towards an artwork project aiming to enhance the landscape scheme.

Landscape contractor Horticon of Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been appointed and the bulk of the work will take place next year. The existing grass field will be landscaped to provide a striking ornamental garden and training opportunities will include courses in horticulture. There are also plans to develop a volunteer programme with an emphasis on the grounds.

Salford City Council's lead member for culture and sport Barry Warner said: "After years in the planning, I expect that the reality of the renovation getting underway is yet to sink in. The end is now in sight and we're all incredibly excited about the transformation."

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