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Villa Frere and gardens in Tal-Pietà afforded highest grade of protection by PA

Villa Frere and its gardens in Tal-Pietà, with their 18th-century neoclassical architecture, have been given the highest grade of protection by the Planning Authority, following consultation with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. This property had already been enjoying Grade II protection and has now been upgraded to the highest level.

This decision has been welcomed by architect Edward Said, who heads a group known as Friends of Villa Frere. Said stated that as a result, the important conservation work carried out with so much dedication by volunteers over the past seven years will now be safeguarded for future generations.

The villa with its terraced gardens was built in the 18th century and had been the residence of renowned British diplomat Sir John Hookham Frere. The villa gardens have no less than 13 wells which are used for watering, as well as several architectural characteristics of the British period.

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