Work began on Monday (6 November) on improvements to a pathway in Highfields Park as part of a £4.8m restoration project.

The path from the tram stop to Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre is being re-surfaced and will eventually be lit by newly restored gas lamps, leading to the beautiful hand-crafted iron gate by the tram stop.

The gas lamps are the last four surviving from the original park design and were located along University Boulevard. The new gate has been designed and made by local artist Richard Janes and has been funded by the Arts Council and was voted for by citizens. Local children and park users worked with the artist to decide on the detail.

There are signs on site explaining the works and offering diversions. The path will be closed for four weeks.

Cllr Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “This is another exciting step towards the development of Highfields Park. We appreciate that closing the pathway near Nottingham Lakeside Arts causes diversions for park users and those using the tram stop but this is temporary and the improved pathway will really enhance the site for many years to come as part of the ongoing works to develop the park.”

The Highfields Park restoration scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme and Nottingham City Council.