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A HISTORIC mansion in Horndean has been given a new lease of life under a £35,000 renovation scheme.

Horndean Parish Council has spruced up the grounds around Merchistoun Hall, which has been used as a community centre for the last 60 years and is run by Horndean Community Association.

The council has helped to install new drainage to reduce the amount of flooding at the front of the building and installed Victorian-style street lighting

The council also built five new cycle stands.

Tracy Predeth, council clerk, said: ‘This is an excellent example of partnership working in action.

‘Young seasonal workers have restored the overgrown vegetation of the five acre site, clearing ponds and creating footpaths.

‘Blendworth Tree Surgeons gave their support by carrying out tree work on the site at a reduced cost while showing young people how tree surgery is undertaken.’

The long-term goal of the community association is to regenerate the 250-year-old house and create a small museum.