Gardener unearths mysterious missing urn

Alex Farris with missing ancient urn

Alex Farris with missing ancient urn

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  It’s not often that you solve a decades-old mystery two weeks into your new job.

But that’s exactly what Alex Farris, green space manager at Lee Valley Regional Park did on a walk between Forty Hall and his office in Myddelton House.

Mr Farris found an urn which had been missing from Myddelton House Gardens for more than 20 years.

The green space manager told the Enfield Independent about his find.

He said: “I brought this urn back to one of our experienced gardeners Bryan Hewitt, who was amazed at what I had discovered.

“It turned out to be a missing urn that dated back to the 1920s and was one of a pair which was collected by famous horticulturist EA Bowles.”

The now found missing twin is currently in storage after being taken out of a ditch and Mr Farris believes that the urn was stolen.

He said: “I knew it was special when I saw it and there can only be one explanation for it, that it was stolen and someone found it too heavy to carry and dumped it.”

Mr Farris admitted that it was a special feeling to find something that had been missing for almost two decades and revealed that it will be hard to top.

He said: “It’s not something I imagine I will be able to top, that’s for sure. I don’t think many people do something like this in their first month in the job.”

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