£200,000 project bears fruit.

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Peckover House on Wisbech’s historic North Brink was celebrating on Wednesday at the official opening of an orangery to house a pair of 300-year-old fruiting orange trees at the National Trust owned property.

The opening marked completion of a £200,000 project by the National Trust to rebuild the original Victorian Orangery.

Official opening of the new �200,000 Victorian-style Orangery at Peckover House by Teresa Squires General Manager

Official opening of the new �200,000 Victorian-style Orangery at Peckover House by Teresa Squires General Manager

Experts carried out painstaking research as they attempted to recreate the original orangery from just a few written descriptions and a glimpse of the old structure in the background of a 100-year-old photograph.

Nigel Houghton, National Trust project manager, said: “The orangery at Peckover House has had several reincarnations since it was first built in the early 19th century. We’ve tried to restore the look and feel of the original Victorian building as much as we can, using traditional material and techniques. It is very pleasing to see such an excellent end result, providing a fitting home for our wonderful old orange trees.

Teresa Squires, General Manager for Peckover House and Oxburgh Hall, performed the official opening, which now means visitors to the house and garden can once again see the orange trees, which are reputed to be 300 years old.