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Wentworth's Restored Victorian Conservatory Set For Opening

Tuesday November 5 2013

THE spectacular Victorian conservatory at Wentworth Castle will finally re-open this week following a £3.74million restoration.

During the historic restoration, an incredible 4,000 parts were dismantled, labelled, cleaned and restored.

Slowly but surely, the glasshouse has been restored back to its former glory over 15 painstaking months.

Claire Herring, director at Wentworth Castle Gardens, said: "After a decade of fundraising, and over a year of renovating the conservatory, we're delighted and relieved to have finally reached this stage.

"The conservatory has been meticulously refurbished to its original state and this glorious glasshouse will be the jewel in Wentworth Castle Garden's crown."

The interior planting is based around the continents of the world, with five beds explaining the history of how different plant species - some of which are now common place in our gardens - first arrived in the country.

The restoration work has been complemented by the construction of a new activity room next to the conservatory, which will provide a great base for school and community groups to discover the heritage and wildlife of the gardens.

Mayor of Barnsley Ken Richardson will officially open the conservatory on November 7, before it is open to the public the day after.

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