Lord opens historic garden project

A historic derelict walled garden is to be returned to its former glory.

The Sixth Earl of Lichfield has officially opened a nationally important restoration project to return walled gardens to their former glory. Shugborough’s Walled Garden was once a horticultural centre of excellence, renowned for its revolutionary gardening techniques. The garden has lain derelict for almost a century, but this year a transformation will begin to return it to how it was when architect Samuel Whyatt created it in 1804. National Trust experts worked with staff from the stately home in Staffordshire to discover how the garden used to look. Head gardener Dan Charlesworth will oversee the project, which is expected to take several years to complete. The new Lord Lichfield chose the launch at his ancestral family home as his first public engagement. A ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded the unveiling of the garden and a new ticket office and visitor centre, which forms a new entry point for visitors to the attraction.

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