A MULTI-MILLION pound restoration of Kidderminster’s Brinton Park will go ahead thanks to a huge National Lottery grant.

Wyre Forest District Council has secured £2.4 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to carry out a raft of major improvements to the Sutton Road park, including a new cafe, extension to the Sons of Rest Pavilion and the re-instatement of a historic ornamental pool.

The project aims to breathe new life into the Victorian park, which was gifted to the town by the famous Brinton carpet manufacturing company.

The restoration will help reinstate the 130-year-old park’s original Victorian landscape design, as well as creating a new community meeting space, installing new public art features and improving the park’s entrances and car parking.

Wyre Forest District Council contributed £200,000 towards the project’s early stages, which have involved partners from local groups based in the park such as the 21st Wyre Forest Brinton Park Scouts, the Emily Jordan Foundation and The Pickup Artists.

The National Lottery had already awarded a development grant of £217,700 to help draw up the restoration plans.

Councillor Helen Dyke, cabinet member for culture, leisure and community protection, said: “We are absolutely delighted that our application has been successful and we have been able to secure such a substantial investment into the district.

“The events of this year have helped remind us all just how important our public open spaces are to our mental and physical wellbeing.

“This scheme will build on and preserve the history and heritage of Brinton Park as well as develop new opportunities and facilities that will make sure that local people can enjoy for many more years to come.

“We are grateful to receive the grant and I am in no doubt that the incredibly strong community partnership that has come together to develop and steer this project, will successfully deliver an outstanding public space that local people can enjoy and take pride in.

“I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for working so hard on making this exciting project a reality.”

Anne Jenkins, director for Midlands and East at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We are delighted to support this valuable project, which will help to ensure that this largely unspoilt Victorian landscape, wildlife corridor and community hub at the heart of Kidderminster will be cherished by many generations to come.

"Parks are increasingly taking on new life as social and cultural green spaces, and are particularly valuable during these difficult times.

"We look forward to seeing Brinton Park flourish in the years ahead.”