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Designer chosen for Hepworth Wakefield gallery garden

Visual impression of garden planned at Hepworth Wakefield Image copyright Hepworth Wakefield
Image caption The garden will lie between the gallery and a series of empty mill buildings

Designer Tom Stuart-Smith has been chosen to create what organisers say will be one of the largest free public gardens in England.

Mr Stuart-Smith has been selected to design a 65,000 sq ft (6,000 sq m) riverside garden for the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.

He has previously designed eight gold medal-winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.

A £2.2m fundraising campaign has been launched to pay for the garden.

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Mr Stuart-Smith said he was delighted to have been chosen by the gallery.

"Public commissions like these are scarce in the UK," he said.

Image copyright Tom Stuart-Smith, Hepworth Wakefield
Image caption Garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith said the plan would be both "modern and romantic"

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