Tuesday 24 January 2012

Highbury Park Restoration

After yesterday's glum news concerning the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden, today a modicum of good news.  It is reported that the Highbury Park in Kings Heath, Birmingham (UK) is to receive repairs totaling £170,000.

Photo from the Highbury Park Friends website
The public park, which is maintained by Birmingham City Council was the suburban estate of Joseph Chamberlain.  Chamberlain came to Birmingham in 1854 and in 20 years made sufficient wealth from a manufacturing business to retire and enter politics.  The 25-acre grounds surrounding his Venetian Gothic Highbury Hall was landscaped by Edward Milner, and the estate increased to 100 acres by 1903.  A detailed history of the gardens has been prepared by the Highbury Park Friends.

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