A town's Victorian gardens are reopening on Saturday after a restoration scheme costing about £2m.
The Forbury Lion has been restored as part of the work
The Mayor of Reading Richard Stainthorp will open the gates of Forbury Gardens at an official ceremony at midday.
The Heritage Lottery Fund-backed scheme which took a year to complete has improved safety and access for visitors to the park.
The nearby abbey ruins reopened in November last year after specialist conservation work.
Work in the gardens themselves has included the restoration of the Forbury Lion, the bandstand, water feature and the garden's walls, fencing and gateways.
The project has also created a heritage area that links the gardens and the nearby historic buildings of the Abbey Gateway and Old Shire Hall.