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Glasshouse plan for Norfolk stately home

A Victorian-style glasshouse is to be put up in the grounds of a 15th Century Norfolk hall to increase the number of plants grown in the grounds.

The National Trust will build the glasshouse in the kitchen garden at Oxburgh Hall in Oxborough.

There have been two glasshouses on the site previously, one during Victorian times and one in 1966.

The new glasshouse will be built against a south-facing wall to benefit from maximum sunlight.

Old photographs

The glasshouse built in 1966 had to be demolished when it became structurally unsafe.

Graham Donachie, head gardener at the moated manor house, said: "We have been looking at old photographs of the Victorian glasshouse to help us rebuild as near to the original as possible.

"If all goes to plan, the new glasshouse will be ready for unveiling in early summer.

"The glasshouse is very important to us here at Oxburgh Hall, as we will be able to grow plants from seed once more.

"It also means that we will be able to start selling more of our own home-grown plants to visitors, the money from which will be put towards future projects in the garden."

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