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Country park awarded nearly 1m

Kitchen patio, Moggerhanger Park
Moggerhanger House has already been restored with the help of a 3m grant

A country park in Bedfordshire has been awarded nearly £1m of lottery money to reinstate the original landscape design and restore buildings.

Moggerhanger Park was designed by Sir Humphrey Repton as the grounds for the Grade I-listed Moggerhanger House.

The £960,000 grant will be used to reinstate Repton's original 18th Century design and restore the walled gardens, Bothy shelter and icehouse.

Grazing of sheep in the park will also be reintroduced.

'Wonderful news'

Conservation work will take place on the walled gardens and orchard area, which will be transformed into a community orchard where local people can get involved in planting and looking after trees.

The money has come from the national Parks for People programme run by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.

An HLF grant of £3m has already paid for extensive restoration of the house, which was designed by Sir John Soane and is now a conference centre.

Robyn Llewellyn of HLF in the East said: "This is wonderful news for visitors and everyone involved in Moggerhanger Park.

"This beautiful landscape will now be restored so that it again fulfils the vision of the 18th Century design.

"Local people will have the chance to get involved in the conservation works, helping preserve the landscape so that it can be enjoyed by future generations."



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