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Walsall Arboretum restoration project enters next phase

New bandstand seating terraces
Image caption Earlier stages of the project saw new terraces being built near the bandstand

Work has started on the next stage of a £7.6m project to restore Walsall Arboretum, in the West Midlands.

Phase four of the revamp will see the park's entrance gates repaired, and work on boundary walls and railings.

Trees and shrubs will be planted, the tennis courts refurbished and the Broadway toilet blocks will be demolished.

There will be new benches, signs and footpaths as part of the restoration which is due for completion in 2013.

'Exciting times'

Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, described it as an "important stage" in the restoration programme.

"These are exciting times for the arboretum as we celebrate the progress made so far which includes a new youth play area and the near completion of the building restoration project," he said.

"A new visitors' centre forms the final piece of the restoration jigsaw in 2013 and we are all counting down to the successful conclusion of this exciting project."

The council said the arboretum would stay open during the redevelopment, but some disruption would be "inevitable" and it might need to close some areas temporarily.

The restoration is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund/Big Lottery Fund, Walsall Council and other organisations.

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