Coun­try gar­dens to get re­vamp

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HARE Hill Gar­dens have been given the go-ahead for a ma­jor makeover.

Plans ap­proved by Cheshire East Coun­cil cen­tre on en­hance­ment of the visi­tor ex­pe­ri­ence at the site, which the Na­tional Trust de­scribes as ‘a place of aes­thetic and spir­i­tual re­fresh­ment’, by im­prov­ing the land­scape and fa­cil­i­ties.

De­vel­op­ers Cass As­so­ci­ates, on be­half of the Na­tional Trust, will pro­vide a fur­ther 15 to 20 car park­ing spa­ces and pro­vide a new welcome build­ing to ‘im­merse the visi­tor in the spirit of Hare Hill from the be­gin­ning’.

New pedes­trian routes will be de­signed, in­form­ing visi­tors they are walk­ing on the his­toric car­riage route from Hare Hill Hall, a grade two listed build­ing dat­ing from the late 18th cen­tury, and the sur­fac­ing on the drive­way has also been ear­marked for im­prove­ment.

De­mol­ished sec­tions of the orig­i­nal back­sheds area ad­ja­cent to the walled gar­den will also be re­in­stated to al­low for big­ger toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and pro­vide a so­cial hub where visi­tors can chat with the gar­den team.

A Na­tional Trust spokesper­son said: “One of the key rea­sons the Na­tional Trust was formed is to en­cour­age peo­ple to get out­side to en­joy the out­doors. We’re proud and de­lighted so many peo­ple en­joy spend­ing time at places like Hare Hill but we know we have to keep on im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties for our visi­tors and en­sure we get the ba­sics right.”

●● Chair­man of Prest­bury Parish Coun­cil, Arthur Dicken, hopes the coun­cil will take on big­ger projects af­ter a good re­sponse to his ap­peal for vol­un­teers

●● The planned new en­trance to Hare Hill Gar­dens

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