Work to preserve priory ruins at Sandwell Valley country park

Sandwell Country Country Park Staff at the park said it had been difficult to keep the ruins site free of tree and plant growth

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Work is to be carried out to preserve 12th Century priory ruins at a West Midlands park.

The remains of a church and other buildings were found at Sandwell Valley Country Park during an archaeological dig in West Bromwich in the 1980s.

Staff at the park said the site had become damaged and overgrown.

The work will repair any damaged stones, replace mortar to stop rain damage, and remove plants which have grown around the ruins.

Sandwell Council said the work, which is also being carried out by English Heritage and Natural England, would start on Tuesday and take about six weeks.

Jo Miskin from the park team said staff had worked to keep the site free from tree and plant growth, but it had been difficult.

"We would like to be able to get to a point where the site is surrounded by closely mown grass and looks like a really well-presented formal historic site," she said.

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