UK: Rare Shropshire glasshouse to be restored to its former glory

The owners of one of the only glasshouses of its type in the country have started working with volunteers and conservation chiefs in a bid to restore it back to its former glory.

Frank and Antonia Bury, of Millichope Park at Munslow in south Shropshire, were joined by former chairman of English Heritage Sir Neil Cossons, conservation expert Sula Rayska, archaeologist Jeremy Milln and a host of local volunteers to discuss how the 1830s glasshouse in their walled garden was to be restored. 

The glasshouse, which is one of the very few surviving curvilinear examples in the country and the only one in Shropshire, has fallen into disrepair since it was last in operation in the early 1960s. It is one of several structures at Millichope which are set to be renovated as part of a wider scheme to bring the walled garden back into operation. “This is a pretty ambitious project which will cost tens of thousands of pounds but we are hugely excited at the prospect of restoring these structures, which were marvels of innovation and design in their day,” said Mr Bury, whose family moved into their ancestral home in 2011.

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