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Wordsworth's 250th Anniversary Plans Approved By LDNP

Planners have approved proposals for a £6.2m development project by the Wordsworth Trust.

'Reimagining Wordsworth' will see the conservation, adaptation and extension of the Trust’s property across the hamlet of Town End in Grasmere.

The Lake District National Park's planning committee has given the go-ahead.

Now, pending second round approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund, work is expected to begin in the Spring - in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth. 

Michael McGregor, Director of the Wordsworth Trust said: “I’m delighted that the Lake District National Park Authority has approved our plans for Reimagining Wordsworth. 

"We are a step closer to realising our ambition, which is to bring Wordsworth’s poetry and legacy alive for more people. 

"It will be a fitting tribute to one of our greatest poets on the 250th anniversary of his birth.”

Jeff Cowton, Curator and Head of Learning at The Wordsworth Trust added: “The project is an opportunity to experience William and Dorothy’s words in their freshness, as if we were alive in their time with their context and concerns. 

"The project will allow more people to vividly feel their words and their meanings, broadening the appeal of the poet and his work.”

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