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Park closes for revamp
Forbury Gardens
The Maiwand Lion will be restored as part of the revamp
More than 2m is being spent to restore historic gardens in Berkshire.

Forbury Gardens in Reading will be sealed off to the public for nearly a year as work is carried out on the walls, fountains and other features.

A conservation programme has also been drawn up for the Abbey Ruins in the park, which are the remains of the ancient Reading Abbey.

The project has been paid for by the Lottery Heritage Fund and work is due to start at the end of April.

Festivals moved

Planners say it has been necessary to set aside so much time - 45 weeks - because the entire area is classed as an ancient monument.

The work means disruption during the summer for sun-worshipers who frequent the park and events held on the site.

The Forbury Band Concert Season organisers will be offered the chance to play at The Oracle Riverside instead of the park.

And the Water Festival 2004 will relocate to Thameside Promenade.




SEE ALSO:
Lottery cash to restore parks
29 Jan 03  |  England


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