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Hillsborough Castle in ambitious regeneration scheme to celebrate Prince Charles' 70th birthday

Projects: Prince Charles
Projects: Prince Charles

By Staff Reporter

Hillsborough Castle is to feature in an ambitious regeneration scheme to celebrate the Prince of Wales's 70th birthday.

Supported by the Prince's Foundation, seven projects will focus on landmark buildings, whether neglected, needing a new use or requiring construction, and be completed by the end of 2021.

As part of the '7 for 70' campaign here, students are to design and build a garden folly in the walled garden, due to open next spring, at Hillsborough Castle.

Other initiatives range from the £5m restoration of Coventry's Drapers' Hall to creating a centre celebrating Wales's heritage at the Strata Florida Abbey ruins in Ceredigion. The foundation will provide expert help in areas such as fundraising and navigating planning rules, and a key aspect will be training locals in the skills needed to save the buildings.

The Queen has already unveiled the first project to be completed, the Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion in Royal Deeside, Scotland.

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