A special memorial bench has undergone refurbishment to bring it back to its former glory, thanks to Community Action Team (CAT) funding. The specially designed seat, in Holly Hill Woodland Park, Sunken Garden was installed in 2001 in memory of Miss Katharine Winn.
Miss Winn, who lived at Holly Hill Mansion as a child, played a very important and helpful part in research carried out by Fareham Borough Council into the fascinating story of Holly Hill Mansion, Holly Hill Woodland Park and the restoration of the Sunken Garden, which was elaborately landscaped and planted by her father, George Winn in the 1930s.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Se�n Woodward, said: "The bench was placed in memory of a very special lady who was inextricably linked with the history of Holly Hill Mansion and of the Sunken Garden where she played as a young girl. It is fitting that the bench should be here as a tribute to her and it is appropriate that it should be refurbished in its original style rather than replaced with a modern equivalent."
Friends of the Sunken Garden, a group established in 1997 to lead the restoration, worked under the guidance of Miss Winn, who was able to draw upon her memory and provide all sorts of pictures, maps and anecdotes.
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