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Pictured: An aerial view of Longleat House and the grounds.<br />
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Glimpses of a stately home's lost 17th century gardens have been revealed thanks to the UK's heatwave.<br />
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Thanks to fascinating new drone images, outlines of long-lost walls, pathways, fountains and parterres dating back to the 1600s have become visible as parch marks in the current extreme heat.<br />
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The 'ghost' garden at Longleat in Wiltshire shows up because the soil over the buried landscape features is shallower than its surrounding area.<br />
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This means during prolonged hot, dry weather the grass above the features becomes stressed and dies off, revealing the ghostly shadows of what remains below the surface.