Museum site to be revamped

The gardens at the American Museum in Bath will undergo a restoration programme ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2011.

The museum, which tells the history of the US from early settler days to the 20th century, sits within a 48.5ha site overlooking the valley of the River Avon.

The 13.7ha of grounds open to the public include an arboretum, a woodland walk, meadows and features such as a replica of the Washington Monument on Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Recently appointed head gardener Andrew Wilson said the current condition of the gardens was "slightly tired" and that a plan to restore them would begin this year.

Wilson said he was keen to get local people involved in looking after the garden, including groups working for the probationary office.


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