Victorian greenhouse open once more at Stanley Park

Set in grounds midway between the stadiums of Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the Isla Gladstone Conservatory now markets itself as the ideal place for match day hospitality.

However, the Victorian glasshouse has European Union and local authority cash to thank for its existence, after a multi-million pound revamp of the park.

The greenhouse was taken down, refurbished and rebuilt piece by piece to provide locals and visitors with a 1,483-pane venue for events, which also houses a cafe.

Located in the Grade II-listed Stanley Park, the glazed structure dates back 110-years, although has been out of use for the last three decades due to it falling into a state of disrepair.

However, the revamp comes alongside a facelift for the entire park, which has seen 72,000 new plants and trees installed and the third lake repaired and refilled.

The public green space was designed by Edward Kemp and covers 45 hectares (110 acres) of land.

Isla Gladstone was related to former prime minister William Gladstone and was a renowned arts and crafts screen printer.