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Duchess steps down from Alnwick Garden

The Duchess of Northumberland, who has been the face of Alnwick Garden for seventeen years, is stepping down from her role of managing the attraction.

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Duchess of Northumberland to leave Alnwick Garden

Lady Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland, will be handing over control of Alnwick Garden as she moves onto new business-ventures.

Since it opened in 2001, the garden has created three hundred new jobs and helped fund many other charitable and educational projects.

The Duchess has now set a date to finish the garden and is in the final stages of designing a play area with German specialists, as well as lighting project 'Sparkle'.

"I have decided I am going to have finished the Alnwick Garden by May 2015.

The difficult thing is finding the right person to hand it to.

It will have been a big part of my life. I have to set a date to finish it."

– Lady Jane Percy, The Duchess of Northumberland

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