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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 14:45 GMT
Protection money for historic abbey
Fountains Abbey
The plan will enhance the abbey's natural beauty
Conservationists have unveiled a 10m plan to help preserve one of North Yorkshire's most beautiful landmarks.

Fountains Abbey is a World Heritage Site, comprising the ruin of a 12th Century Cistercian abbey, an Elizabethan mansion, Georgian water garden and medieval deer park.

A major 30-year management plan identifying conservation work has been launched by the National Trust and English Heritage to protect the area near Ripon.

The event at the abbey was hosted by National Trust director general Fiona Reynolds and Carole Souter, acting chief executive of English Heritage.

Historic monument

A National Trust spokesman said: "The vision for the future is to conserve and enhance the many historic and natural features of Fountains abbey and Studely Royal.

"In particular to conserve the 18th Century designed landscape and the abbey ruins, as well as its peaceful beauty and unique character.

"We also want to provide a high-quality visitor experience and a variety of access opportunities for future generations."

The attraction's status as a World Heritage Site ranks it alongside the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China as among the globe's most important monuments.

Church conservation

The abbey is surrounded by ornamental lakes, canals, temples and water cascades.

St Mary's Church provides the focus for a medieval deer park, home to 500 deer and a wealth of flora and fauna.

The heritage plan includes a catchment survey to help prevent flooding problems, maintenance of the monastic precinct wall, and a conservation plan for St Mary's Church.

The site is run and cared for by the National Trust in partnership with English Heritage.

See also:

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