Leeds Castle bridge restored by Kent-based Gurkhas

Image caption, The restored bridge will offer visitors views over the Cascade Garden Pond at Leeds Castle

A bridge in Kent that has not been used by the public for more than 40 years has been restored by Gurkha soldiers.

The bridge, which is across the Cascade Garden Pond at Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, will provide visitors with an alternative route to the castle.

The soldiers from 70 Gurkha Field Support Squadron QGE, of 36 Engineer Regiment, had offered to help with any projects on the estate.

Bill Lash, operations director, said it was an honour to work with the Gurkhas.

"This is the first time that the military have helped us with a regeneration project for a public area and we are honoured that the Gurkhas agreed to restore the bridge.

"It means that our visitors can now gain access to both sides of the water of this delightful Cascade Garden Pond and appreciate the beauty of the original pleasure gardens on either side which are also being restored, by the castle grounds staff."

The Gurkha Squadron offered to restore the bridge as part of their Military Aid to the Civil Community programme.

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