Garden glory may lead to an award

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:59 31 May 2010

Bridge End Gardens

Bridge End Gardens

RESTORING Saffron Walden s Bridge End Gardens to their 19th century glory has seen Uttlesford District Council nominated for a prestigious national award. The council will find out if it has won the community service prize at the Guardian Public Service A

RESTORING Saffron Walden's Bridge End Gardens to their 19th century glory has seen Uttlesford District Council nominated for a prestigious national award.

The council will find out if it has won the community service prize at the Guardian Public Service Awards ceremony in London's Horticultural Halls on December 5.

Restoration manager John Bosworth said: "We're going to the ceremony as much in hope as in anticipation, as just making it to the last three finalists is quite an achievement. It's an honour to have made it this far.

"In drafting the entry, we made a number of points including the use of volunteers in the restoration project, the formation of the Friends of Bridge End Gardens and emphasised the very strong community involvement from young offenders to whom gardening therapy has proved a real bonus."

The summer of 2005 saw the completion of work to the four-acre site, including a sunken Dutch Garden, a strongly scented Victorian Rose Garden and a maze.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is expected to announce in December if it will award funding to help restore the Victorian Walled Garden.

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