Work has begun to transform a park in Lichfield.

The first phase at Shortbutts Park will see the creation of a new playground with equipment such as swings, a sandpit and a zip-line.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:

“When we consulted with local people, we received more than 100 comments about our plans to regenerate Shortbutts Park, which we fed into our designs. We’re delighted work is starting on site, and hope everyone enjoys their new park and playground when it’s launched later in the year.”

Jane Van-Cooke, Mary Cooke, Chris Walsh, Harry Godrdridge, Marie Yapp, Jerry Trill and Ben Clarke

To celebrate the start of the works, the council invited local children and families along to a series of play sessions at the park over the June half term.

More than 50 local children took part in lots of free activities, including campfire cooking, a kids’ mini world cup, bird box painting, and family play sessions.

Cllr Roberts added:

“We will be holding more play sessions in the summer holidays, and everyone is welcome to come along to the park to join in the fun.”

Phase two of the transformation will focus on landscaping the park, which will include planting new trees, hedges and shrubs, and is likely to start toward the end of autumn.

Anyone can see the detailed plans for Shortbutts Park by asking at the District Council House reception. To go through the plans with the project officer, or find out more about the play activities, please contact Jerry Trill on 01543 308191 or email

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