Hereford & Worcester

Views wanted on historic Worcester park for heritage bid

Fort Royal Park
Image caption The park was where the Battle of Worcester in 1651

People are being asked to comment on the future of a historic Worcester park as part of a bid for Heritage Lottery funding.

Fort Royal Park was the site of the Battle of Worcester in 1651 during the English Civil War.

Worcester City Council is applying for approximately £1m to make "further improvements" to the park.

It said it wanted to hear how people thought the money should be spent, if the bid was successful.

Promote its history

The council said ideas so far included restoring part of the Civil War earthworks and fort bastions.

A history trail and permanent exhibition has also been suggested for the park which was visited by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who later became presidents of the US.

The council said it had already pledged £250,000 towards creating a new play area in the park, installing a telescope and viewpoint and renovating some boundary walls.

Councillor Roger Knight said: "A Heritage Lottery Fund application gives us the opportunity to take our plans a step further and promote its history in a compelling and dynamic way to a much wider audience."

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