Highfields Park to be restored in £4.5m project

Highfields Park Image copyright Nottingham City Council
Image caption A number of clubs who use the park have contributed to the cost of its restoration

A Nottingham park is to be restored after £4.5m of funding, including lottery cash, was confirmed.

Highfields Park, at the University of Nottingham, was opened in 1923 but buildings have fallen into disrepair and the lake has silted up.

Work will also include building a paddling pool, cutting back vegetation, landscaping and building a new mini-golf course.

The restoration work is due to be finished by the end of summer 2016.

The 121-acre park dates from when Sir Jesse Boot, founder of the chemist chain, bought an estate to site the university.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is contributing £3.2m, with the city council, park trust and local organisations contributing the rest.

Hilary Silvester, who chairs the park's user group, said: "We are going to work closely with the park ranger and the park managers.

"I think between us we will be able to keep the character of the park and enhance it."

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