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Rare gardens restoration begins
Wrest Park
The Wrest Park project aims to restore the gardens
Rare 18th Century landscaped gardens in Bedfordshire are being restored under preservation plans by English Heritage.

Work has begun at the gardens at Wrest Park, near Bedford, with 400,000 allocated to return the gardens to their original state.

Conservation work, which started last month, has unveiled original cobblestones outside the mansion house

An English Heritage spokeswoman said the work, was "breathing new life into the house and gardens".

English Heritage said the 380ha (939 acre) gardens, dating back to 1710, are a rare example of combining formal garden features with informal lakes.

The first phase of the project aims to reinstate the original paint on metal work, lower the height of the drive to its original level and cut back shrubbery to allow visitors to experience the garden as it was originally intended.

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