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The completion of a five year project to restore Preston's Victorian Parks

PUBLISHED: 17:40 14 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:24 08 November 2014

The view from the top of the steps in Miller Park after the refurbishment

The view from the top of the steps in Miller Park after the refurbishment

A five year project has been completed to restore two of Preston's landmark parks to their Victorian glory

The view from the top of the steps in Miller Park in 1893 The view from the top of the steps in Miller Park in 1893

These before and after photographs show how two of Preston’s finest parks have been given a new old look. Much of Avenham and Miller Parks have been returned to the way they were when they were opened in the 1860s.

As part of the five year, £5million scheme, overgrown trees and bushes have been removed to restore views which would have been open to Victorian visitors. And more recent additions, such as the Japanese Garden which was added in the 1930s, have also been revamped, with the removal of invasive species.

The first phase of the project involved building a new pavilion where it is hoped to stage an exhibition of photographs of the grade two listed parks now the scheme is complete.

Councillor Robert Boswell, Preston City Council’s cabinet member for community and environment said: ‘The Victorian restoration project has been a great success and Avenham and Miller parks are looking wonderful. They are now among the best parks in the country.’

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the North West Regional Development Agency and Cllr Boswell added: ‘I hope people will come down and enjoy the parks, the views and the fantastic facilities.’



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