Contractor appointed for fourth phase of Arboretum restoration

English Landscapes Limited has been appointed to carry out the £1.7 million fourth phase of work on the restoration programme at Walsall Arboretum with regeneration work starting in September 2013.

This phase of the overall £7.6 million restoration of the premier park will take around 12 months to complete and will pave the way for new employment in the trades.

This phase of the programme will see the park’s entrance gates repaired and refurbished, boundary walls at Lichfield Street, Arboretum Road and Broadway North repaired, boundary railings and internal park railings repaired and replaced and repairs carried out to brook bridges.

There will also be new park benches installed, with existing benches repaired, new litter bins, new signs and footpaths will be repaired and resurfaced along with the creation of some new ones.

Horticultural improvements will include new tree and shrub planting. The park’s tennis courts will be refurbished and the Broadway toilet blocks, adjacent to the clock tower will be demolished.

Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “The council is also finalising proposals for illuminating areas of the restored Arboretum and these will be discussed and agreed with English Landscapes. Final details of this scheme will be available in September.

“We will make every effort to keep the main pedestrian routes within the park open during this phase of work, however some disruption is inevitable for which we apologise. We will ensure we communicate regularly with residents and visitors and there will be updated signs on site to inform users of the progress made and any areas that will require temporary closure.

“We have already seen a new youth play area installed and a tree programme delivered and the building restoration contract is due to be completed in September.

“The final phase of work will be the construction of a new visitors’ centre and we are all looking forward to the overall restoration programme being finished during 2013.”

The £7.6 million restoration programme is majority funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with match funding from Walsall Council.

Other sources of funding include a Growth Point grant and landfill tax funding from Cory Environmental Trust and Veolia Environmental Trust.

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