Hagley Hall parkland restoration scheme shortlisted for heritage award

AWARD: Hagley Hall parkland restoration scheme has been shortlisted for a heritage award. SP

AWARD: Hagley Hall parkland restoration scheme has been shortlisted for a heritage award. SP

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HAGLEY Hall has been nominated for an English Heritage Angel Award as a result of its restoration work in returning the 18th century estate back to its former glory.

The immense work on rescuing the lost Georgian gem has been recognised as one of 16 national projects shortlisted for a prize.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, being hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Webber, at London's Palace Theatre on November 3.

Lord Cobham, Chris Lyttelton, said: "We're all very excited at the nomination.

"It's always lovely to get some recognition and it's a reward for all the craftsmen who have worked on the project. I hope it gives them all a warm feeling."

The restoration of Hagley Park continues to be a work in progress.

Restoration of Wychbury Obelisk has already been completed following vandalism and received a commendation as a result.

Engineers and landscapers have also been working to restore a series of flowing waterfalls and cascades, which also includes a rotunda and palladian bridge - all of which had fallen into severe disrepair.

Work has also taken place to restore scenic walks, which once attracted visits from American presidents.

Lord Cobham also praised the work of Joe Hawkins, who has been head of landscape at Hagley Hall for the past two to three years having previously been head gardener at Shugborough Hall.

He said: "Joe has brought a fresh new look to the landscape. But this is a reward for all the people who have worked so hard on the restoration.

"They range from stonemasons to carpenters and architects.

"And there must have been a list of 'ologists ' as long as your arm. This recognition is for them."

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