Water­scape res­cue

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A£2.2 mil­lion pro­ject will see a dra­matic Geor­gian water­scape res­cued for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The Grade I-listed se­ries of lakes and dams that nes­tle in the val­ley at Prior Park, near Bath, will be strength­ened and re­stored to re­cap­ture their orig­i­nal mid-1700s glory. The dams, one sport­ing a rare Grade I-listed Pal­la­dian bridge, one of only four in the world, were part of the land­scap­ing work car­ried out on the 28-acre venue by Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown in the 1750s and 60s for owner Ralph Allen, who helped de­velop the city’s world-fa­mous build­ings and streets. The Park, which runs down to­wards the cen­tre of Bath, be­came one of the most in­flu­en­tial in the emerg­ing English land­scape gar­den style. The Na­tional Trust, which has cared for the park since 1993, also plans to re­store a small cas­cade, one of Allen’s orig­i­nal fea­tures, be­sides re­fill­ing the lakes once work is com­plete. The Trust hopes to start work in early 2019, once fundrais­ing is com­plete. l Visit www.na­tion­al­trust.org. uk/prior-park-land­scape-gar­den.

Pal­la­dian bridge is one of four in the world

Wa­ter cas­cade is sched­uled for restora­tion

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