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Work set to begin on Lichfield’s Museum Gardens

The fountain in Beacon Park

The fountain in Beacon Park

Work has begun to give Lichfield’s Museum Gardens a makeover.

Parts of the area have been cordoned off to allow contractors to carry out conservation and improvement work as part of the city’s Historic Parks Project.

The Bird Street entrance has just completed its own makeover and has now been reopened.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:

“Museum Gardens is a gateway to the rest of Beacon Park, and it is important that we restore it to its former splendour, so that visitors can enjoy it for years to come. Re-opening the Bird Street entrance has already made a big difference, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the final results of these restoration works.”

The Lichfield Historic Parks Project sees Beacon Park, The Garden of Remembrance and Minster Pool and Walk restored and improved.

In the summer, Lichfield District Council unveiled the newly restored statues of King Edward VII and Captain Smith of the Titanic, which stand at either end of the formal garden. Conservation specialists also repaired the fountain’s stonework, which will be re-launched once work to restore the centre-piece fountain and install a new water pump is finished.

Building work to improve and update the rest of Museum Gardens will include refurbishing the historic gateways into the park, creating new diagonal paths to link up the two entrances to the fountain and beyond, creating a new seating area and refreshment kiosk, installing information panels and welcome signs, and planting new shrubs and flowers.

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