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Scheme to restore historic park
A plan to apply for millions of pounds to restore an historic park in Suffolk is due to go before councillors.

The 4.8m scheme for Holywells Park in Ipswich could see parts of the gardens restored and its links to the growth of the brewing history highlighted.

Ipswich Borough Council's executive committee is being asked to back the first stage of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Councillors will be asked to spend 72,000 on putting forward the bid.

If successful, the HLF under its Parks for People Programme would provide about 75% of the funding and the rest of the funds would have to be provided by the council.

Holywells House was built in the 19th Century on the site of an old farmhouse.

Its gardens, originally reflecting the Victorian taste, were redesigned in the 20th Century in accordance with the ideas of gardeners like Gertrude Jekyll.

The site was presented to the people of Ipswich by Lord Woodbridge in 1935 and formally opened to the public in May 1936.




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