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Scaffolding has been removed from the stun- ning French-gothic style Pigeon Tower and now the Grade II listed build- ing is set to open once more to the public in March, along with other areas which have closed to the public while con- servation work has been taking place. Andew Suter, herit- age projects manager, said: “The Tower has not been open to the public in my lifetime, it’s been shut pretty much perma- nently. It has been closed since the early 70s, if not earlier. “The Pigeon Tower is kind of the centrepiece of the whole gardens. Every time you go to a show in Bolton, such as the Bolton Food and Drink Festival, there is an art tent which always has an image of the tower on display. Pretty much every art- ist locally draws, paints MP calls for fairer funding for children’s hospices LOCAL MP Chris Green has called for an end to the unfair difference in funding between adult’s and chil- dren’s hospices across England. Adult’s hospices receive 30% of their funding from the NHS cen- trally and Clinical Commissioning Groups whereas children’s hospices receive much lower, receiving just 15% of their funding from the NHS on average. Whilst raising his concerns about the hospice funding disparity to the Leader of the House of Commons, the Bolton West and Atherton MP also praised the work of Derian House who provide care and sup- port for children across Lancashire. Mr Green said: “Both adults and children’s hospices provide an invaluable service for those in their care and also for their fam- ilies, such as Bolton Hospice and Derian House. “However, children’s hospices receive much less funding from the NHS in comparison to adult’s hospices, meaning that children’s hospice staff have to focus more time on fundraising campaigns when they ought to be focussed on providing care for some of the most severely unwell children. “This is why I have called for a debate to take place on these fund- ing problems, so that children’s hospices receive the fairer fund- ing that they need and deserve to continue to carry out their fantas- tic work.” Multi-million pound Pigeon Tower project almost complete or sculpts it. “I can be driving back from see- ing friends and half-way through Cheshire, I can see it. On a good day you can see the Lake District and Snowdonia from the top of it.” The tower, built in 1910, has a spiral stair- case to leading to three floors and which, if work goes to plan, will become a place for people to stay. Work on the tower has included restoring the roof, pointing, installing new polycarbonate win- dows, all using original techniques andmaterials of the day. He added: “All the tech- niques we are using are exactly the same as were used originally. A few people, when we started, said the cement looks really white, but actu- ally it is not cement it is mortar and it’s an exact match for the lime mor- tar that was used when it was first built. “We had to take sam- ples and test them to get the mix perfect and we are overseen by mentors andHistoric England and all sort of people because it is a listed building. The Pigeon Tower restoration project is nearing completion So the level of detail is incredible. “Original techniques are used through the whole gardens and even the way we are relaying the footpaths is the same and hopefully to date the vast majority of people are happy with what they are seeing. People love the place.” The Pigeon Tower has been refurbished as part of a £4 million project, the majority of which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery, to restore the gardens, which were in danger of being lost forever, with structures close to crum- bling and disappearing. Next March, as well as going in the Pigeon Tower, the public will be able to walk around the newly restored summer houses and loggia. Work on the Italian Lake will have been completed and people will be able to see the new restored Nep- tune’s Pond. And on show will be the amazing dis- covery of the lost path to the Pigeon Tower, found because of the fantastic efforts of the team of vol- unteers, aged from six to those in their 80s. The opening of the Pigeon Tower and the Italian Lake will take place during an atmos- pheric light festival. It will be one on many events planned for the beautiful gardens, which will include music on the orchestral lawn, where the steps have recently been uncovered. 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