Prince of Wales Opens Victorian Garden

| 17 August 2000
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One of the country's finest surviving Victorian kitchen gardens has been restored at Audley End House in Essex and opened by Prince Charles, patron of the Henry Doubleday Research Association, the organic organisation who collaborated with English Heritage on the restoration.

Pam Alexander, chief executive of English Heritage, said: "The core of the historic garden has been restored to its heyday appearance of around 1900. The restoration of the garden - one of the most authentic period recreations of a working garden in the country - cold not have been achieved without extensive research into the garden's history and horticulture".

The original design framework was recreated with rectilinear paths, enclosing walls and door, and with espaliers made to train fruit up. The 170-foot long early 19th century vinehouse has also been repaired.

Ms Alexander also announced that the £450,000 three year restoration programme will culminate in April next year with the opening of a 21st century garden at Audley End.

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