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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 May 2006, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Victorian glasshouses shine again
Before and after photos of a renovated glasshouse
The nursery's Peach House has been completely transformed
Nine run-down Victorian glasshouses have been renovated at a nursery in Kent with the help of a council's Buildings at Risk Scheme.

The 156-year-old Walled Nursery, at Hawkhurst near Tunbridge Wells, has produced fruit, flowers and vegetables.

The five-year restoration project was partly funded with 39,000 from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Nursery owner Peter Horn said: "Our customers are pleased to see the glasshouses restored."

Mr Horn, who runs the Walled Nursery with his wife Karen, said: "It took us a long while to get into the DIY work, but now I can honestly say that we are both extremely satisfied with the end result."

New museum

The Horns bought the nursery in 1995 having leased it beforehand.

Originally part of a 1,200 acre estate, the nursery was built in 1850 and had nine gardeners working on it, five of them in the greenhouses.

The glasshouses, described as state-of-the-art at the time, were built by a company renowned for constructing horticultural buildings, the Nottinghamshire-based Foster and Pearson.

A small museum is now planned at the nursery.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Buildings at Risk Scheme began in 1999 with the aim of giving owners financial help towards repair and restoration work.


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