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Railings return to Chelsea gardens for first time since Second World War

They were unveiled at St Luke's Gardens after the £250,000 project was met by K&C and Cadogan Estates

St Luke's Gardens have been returned to their pre Second World War Georgian splendour with the new railings

A gardens in Chelsea have been returned to its original splendour after railings removed during the Second World War were replaced.

A collaboration between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Cadogan Estates resulted in the installation of the final section of railings in St Luke’s Gardens, returning it to its pre-war Georgian splendour.

The £250,000 project was completed on October 20, and celebrated with Lady Cadogan unveiling a plaque at the new railings separating St Luke's church from the gardens.

Both the council and Cadogan Estates each contributed £125,000 towards the cost of the railings, following on from the more than £2 million invested by the Royal borough in 2012 to replace the external railings and improve the facilities in the gardens.

The plaque unveiled by Lady Cadogan to mark the return of the gates and refurbishment to St Luke's Gardens in Chelsea

Welcoming the completion of work Cllr Tim Ahern, cabinet member for environment, said: “The final piece of railing has completed a long-term project to return St Luke’s Gardens to their former glory while also improving the facilities available to visitors.

“I am sure everyone will appreciate the work and I encourage anyone in the area to come along and enjoy this fine park.”

The gardens has also benefiting from a new lavatory building and playground and games area, and improved planting to fit in with the area’s historic horticultural significance.

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