Earl of Wessex to visit South Hill Park todayBy Hugh Fort
July 24, 2012
Final preparations are being made for the visit of a very special guest to open the new gardens at Bracknell's arts centre today.
Staff at South Hill Park and Bracknell Forest Council are putting the finishing touches to preparations for the visit of the Earl of Wessex Prince Edward.
The Earl will visit the arts centre and be given a guided tour of the restored gardens, including viewing the restored Italian gardens, a performance in the Ampitheatre of All's Well That's Ends Well and a visit to the Yew Walk, Rose Garden and toddler play area.
Vincent Palizcka, director of environment, culture and communities at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We’re delighted that HRH The Earl of Wessex has accepted our invitation to formally celebrate the restoration works at South Hill Park.
“The transformation of the historic grounds is remarkable, and we look forward to showcasing the finished product to Prince Edward. This has been made possible thanks to a £2.3million grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through the Parks for People programme.”
Councillor Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, added: “Working with our partners – Bracknell Town Council and South Hill Park Arts Centre Trust - we have restored the park grounds to their former glory.