WORK at Wentworth Castle has started on re-glazing its historic conservatory - and there's further cause for celebration as the project has been shortlisted for a major award.
The ten-year, £3.74million restoration has entered its final phase and has been announced as a finalist in the English Heritage's Angel Awards.
Backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Angels are awarded in October to celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who put hours of effort, enthusiasm and endurance into saving derelict and severely damaged historic landmarks from being lost forever.
The conservatory had decayed over many decades to the point where the only things supporting it were the scaffolding and the ivy growing through the roof.
It featured in the BBC's Restoration programme in 2003 and made it to the grand final, but did not win and the campaign to save it didn't secure the money needed until 2011.
Claire Herring, director of Wentworth Castle Gardens, said: "Very few of these 'iron winter gardens' survive in a recoverable state. We're very proud to have turned Wentworth Castle's conservatory from an overgrown eyesore into a beautiful building once again.
"It's the culmination of a ten-year dream."
Once the conservatory is completely glazed it will be replanted with temperate plants from around the world to represent the different plant hunting interests of the 18th century Wentworth family, and the later 19th century Vernon-Wentworths.
The restored Grade II listed conservatory will open to the public in autumn.