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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 April, 2004, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
TV gardener re-opens 3.4m park
Charlie Dimmock unveils a plaque
Alexandra Park in Hastings first opened in 1878
Celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock officially reopened a Sussex park after a 3.4m refurbishment programme.

Alexandra Park, which opened in Hastings in 1878, has undergone a major redesign and refurbishment project.

The bulk of the work, which has been carried out over the past three years, was funded by a Heritage Lottery grant.

Charlie Dimmock, star of BBC TV's Ground Force programme, joined the town's mayor and town crier to formally re-open the park.

The park looks beautiful from what I've seen
Charlie Dimmock

The park has remained open during the extensive work, which has seen new bridges, pillars and gates built, replacing the existing corroded wrought iron structures.

The stream through the park was de-silted and 27,000 new shrubs and trees have been planted.

Paths, lighting and the boating lakes have been repaired and ivy removed from trees.

Ms Dimmock and Hastings mayor, Councillor Phil Scott, officially re-opened the park by unveiling a plaque and planting a tree.

She told the BBC: "The park looks beautiful from what I've seen.

"There's lots to, a boating lake, lots of walkways and places to sit, a cafe, tennis courts - everything you need in a park really."

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