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Before the Great War, these spectacular Cornish gardens were a thriving paradise. Tragically, so many of the gardening staff died in the conflict and the gardens fell into ruin. After a chance discovery of a door in the ruins, archaeologist Tim Smith set about restoring them to their former glory in the 1990s – his efforts described by The Times as ‘the garden restoration of the century’.
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Double bill of programmes dedicated to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. The gardens were once a thriving paradise until the First World War killed most of the gardening staff and the grounds fell into decay. The 1990s saw archaeologist Tim Smith set about restoring them to their former glory, his efforts described by The Times as ‘the garden restoration of the century’.