Work on a £2.5 million restoration of the award winning Victoria Park in Stafford will go ahead thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.
The Borough Council have announced it has been successful in its bid for over £1.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund as part of the ‘Parks for People’ programme.
Plans have already been approved for the restoration work that will concentrate on the historical section of the park, which boasts a bowling green and aviary along with historical features such as the Mottram Shelter and County War Memorial with the River Sow running through the centre.
Feedback from residents and community groups has revealed the majority of those using the park would like an enhanced catering facility, a better aviary and have a horticultural learning centre – among a number of ideas put forward.
The £2.5 million project is made up of the £1,716,300 National Lottery money with the additional £800,000 coming from the Council. Work is expected to start in January.
You can see the proposed improvements with a virtual tour of the park from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/hlf.