Neverland has never looked better!

Four years ago, Neverland lay in ruins after Michael Jackson’s death. The fairground rides were rusting away, all the staff had been dismissed and the grounds were left abandoned and destroyed.

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But, thanks to the efforts of Michael’s children, the huge 3,000-acre site is now well on the road to recovery.

According to sources close to the estate in Los Olivos, California, the rest of the family have taken very little interest in Neverland and not one person has visited it since the king of pop died in 2009 – apart from the kids Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 12.

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Paris spoke out earlier this month about her heartbreaking visit to Neverland two years ago to find it in ruins.

She is determined to rebuild it to its former glory so that underprivileged children can enjoy it.

The pictures prove that the children have won the battle of wills with the Jackson family, who all appear to have shown a complete disregard for Neverland and the wishes of Michael.

When we visited Neverland last week, we were told by household staff and security that Jacko’s siblings or parents have never bothered to visit the ranch since his death.

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But they only had words of praise for the children, with one security guard saying: ‘Neverland has been completely revitalised. There’s a full set of staff and people in charge who care about the place.’

The photographs tell the real story of the ranch’s rejuvenation. The bright yellow flowers spelling Neverland have been restored next to the main house, but this time flowers-shaped in a butterfly have been added to one bed.

There’s also a new section in the gardens of an image of a boy in a moon, similar to Peter Pan – Michael Jackson and his children’s favourite fairytale character.

According to the wishes of the children, the bustling fairground has been replaced with a tranquil ‘Zen Garden’.

The Ferris wheel swings and other fairground rides have been removed, and expert h orticulturists have replaced them with a calm seating area surrounded by lush topiary carved into animal shapes, weeping willow, oak and fir trees, perennial shrubbery and manicured gardens.

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Once again, red tail kites, brown eagles and turkey buzzards are nesting in the grounds and grassland, which are irrigated and mowed daily.

The fountains and pool has been filled with water again and the tennis and basketball courts are restored to their previous states.

Our source says: ‘Neverland has never looked better. More staff have been employed – they’ve got full-time gardeners, household staff, proper security and people are now looking after the house like it should have always been when Michael was alive.

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‘We’re lucky that the children are level-headed and want it to be a fitting tribute to their dad and also do some good in the world.’   Prince, Paris and Blanket still have a substantial investment in Neverland, which is co-owned by the Sycamore Valley Ranch Company, who paid off nearly $25 million of Michael’s mortgage debt in 2008.

Colony Capital, who own Sycamore Valley Ranch company, refused to comment when asked the revamp of Neverland.

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Making up for lost time

They looked close when they reunited earlier this month to celebrate Paris Jackson’s 15th birthday.   And it seems it wasn’t a one-off occasion, as Debbie Rowe and her daughter were spotted enjoying quality time together once again as they headed to lunch together in California on Sunday.   The pair showed they are serious about forging a real relationship with each other for the first time since Debbie signed away all parental rights to her late father Michael Jackson in 2011.

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Dressed in a pair of cut-off denim shorts, with Dr. Marten boots and a camouflage jacket, the young girl flashed the rock sign and a smile to waiting photographers.   Completing her edgy look she wore a Kurt Cobain T-shirt, while her cropped hair fell over her eyes.

While her mother may not have the same rock chic style, simply opting for a pair of jeans and T-shirt, she too looked comfortable and at ease.

And as Debbie hopped into her car, Paris jumped into the passenger seat next to her showing that despite her rather unconventional upbringing she’s still an average teenage girl.

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No doubt the pair still have plenty to catch up on as they have only been in touch following Michael’s tragic passing in 2009.   The lunch trip comes just a few days after the first picture of the pair together surfaced.

The touching image shows Debbie with her arm around Paris as they celebrated the teenager’s 15th birthday at, according to Entertainment Tonight, Ahi Sushi in Studio City, California on April 3.   Paris appeared serene and content as she leaned in close to her mother, a dermatologist’s nurse, who looked thrilled to be included in her daughter’s birthday celebration.

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Again Paris – the youngest of Michael and Debbie’s two children – showed off her edgy style by wearing her short dark hair swept across her forehead and highlighting her eyes with thick black liner.

Paris said: ‘When I’m with my mom, we don’t really have security with us. Which is really nice.

Paris’ uncle Jermaine Jackson recently said he approved of the pair’s burgeoning relationship.

He told TMZ: ‘I think that’s wonderful. The kids need their mum. I think it’s great. That’s their mother. That’s wonderful. That’s a good thing.’

Debbie and Michael met when he was a patient at the specialist skin clinic she worked at when he was being treated for his chronic vitiligo.

The pair were married between 1996 and 1999, and Debbie gave full custody of her two children with Michael, Prince and Paris, during their divorce proceedings in 1999.

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She later took things one step further in 2001, and relinquished all parental rights to the children, who were just toddlers at the time.

However, after the singer’s death in June 2009, Debbie, 54, reached an agreement with Michael’s mother – who became the children’s’ legal guardian – for supervised visitation rights.