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Go-ahead for restoration of Rochester Tudor garden at Restoration House

A fight to restore a garden to its full Tudor glory has finally been won.

The long-running saga began when a 16th century wall, which once bordered Rochester mansion Restoration House, was discovered during building work.

On Wednesday, planning approval was unanimously granted by councillors meaning work on the garden can now continue.

Robert Tucker in the garden at Restoration House
Robert Tucker in the garden at Restoration House

Work is also taking place to repair the wall as well as create a gated opening, brick gazebo, raised terraces, fountain and timber and brick garage.

Councillors deferred the decision in August so they could visit the site and see the work for themselves earlier this month.

The scheme to restore the garden was threatened when neighbours in Vines House put in a planning application to carry out a building project.

Around a quarter of the wall, about 30ft, was demolished before the work was halted when the construction company went into liquidation.

Restoration House in Rochester
Restoration House in Rochester

Eventually Vines House was put on the market and Restoration House owners Robert Tucker and Jonathan Wilmot bought it this year.

Meanwhile, council archaeology officers decided work was not being carried out to their approved specification. But after much wrangling, any issues have now been resolved.

Mr Tucker and Mr Wilmot plan to open the garden to the public.

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