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In Hillingdon, one of the Trust’s projects, Eastcote House Gardens’ 18th century dovecote has just reopened to the public with new nesting boxes, whitewashed walls, new slats in the louvre and a restored door. The cat flap was a new discovery, previously boarded over. And a dove has taken up residence.

A dovecote has been on this site since the end of the 16th century. Display panels inside explain the history of dove-keeping.

The 19th century Caroline Gardens Chapel, Southwark, served the Licensed Victuallers’ Benevolent Institution Asylum – London’s largest complex of almshouses. Bombed in WWII, it is gradually being restored, with a major conservation survey underway for the interior.

The Trust restored the portico steps.