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Park's conservatory is restored

22 January 09 15:04 GMT

Work to restore a 110-year-old conservatory in a Merseyside park has been completed.

The Isla Gladstone Conservatory, which has been out of use for 30 years, has undergone a make-over as part of the £14m regeneration of Stanley Park.

The entire structure was taken down piece by piece, examined for damage, rebuilt and re-glazed with 1,483 separate panes of glass.

The lake system in the 143-year-old Liverpool park was also restored.

Intricate ironwork and sandstone bridges throughout the park have been restored using old photographs to keep to original designs.

Around 70,000 new trees and shrubs have been planted around the park, including the Tree of Heaven, Strawberry Tree, Scarlet Oak and Liquidambar.

Work began on the project in November 2007.

Councillor Berni Turner, from Liverpool City Council, said: "The restoration of the park is a critical and symbolic piece of the jigsaw to regenerate north Liverpool.

"I hope that residents and visitors alike will make the most of the green havens on their doorsteps."

Over the coming months CCTV cameras will be installed around the conservatory.

The park is one of Liverpool's oldest, dating from 1866, and is famously situated between Liverpool and Everton football clubs.

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