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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 September, 2004, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Chance to see 2.1m garden revamp
Forbury Gardens
The public are being offered a glimpse of the gardens' revamp
A chance to see the progress of a major 2.1m restoration project to conserve a town's historic abbey ruins and gardens is being offered to visitors.

A guided tour of the Forbury Gardens in Reading, Berkshire, is being held on Friday as part of the national Heritage Open Days campaign.

The gardens have been closed since May while the year-long conservation work is carried out.

Specialist restorers have already begun vital work at the nearby abbey ruins.

Maiwand lion

Improvements have also been carried out to the gardens themselves, with boundary walls cleaned up, ivy and shrubs removed and the fountain drained ahead of its restoration.

Councillor Catherine Wilton, Reading Borough Council's culture boss, said: "The Forbury restoration project is one of the most important schemes under way in Reading and I am sure people will be interested to have a look at the work in progress."

Work is also to be carried out on the Maiwand lion statue and bandstand during the lottery-backed scheme.

The gardens themselves will be closed until 2 May, 2005, with the abbey ruins only closed until this November.

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