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Residents can find out more about a project to improve the brook running through a Bromsgrove park to create a better home for wildlife, including water-voles, at a drop-in event.

On April 13 experts will be on hand at a special exhibition, in Sanders Park, so visitors can learn more about the planned works, those which have been completed so far and raise any concerns they may have.

Phase one of the project started in Sanders Park in October last year when sections of the crumbling concrete channel along the Battlefield Brook were replaced with a naturalised channel.

During this time different areas of the park were fenced off and at times some sections of footpaths were temporarily closed.

Bromsgrove District Council’s Portfolio-holder for Leisure, Cllr Peter Whittaker, said: “Despite the snowy and cold weather the project has continued and we have tried to keep the disruption to park-users to a minimum while these important works are carried out.”

Phase two of the project will start in February 2019 and involves minor modifications to the upstream reaches of the brook to provide varying habitat conditions to support a wider array of wildlife.

This has been intentionally programmed to start a year after Phase 1 to enable vegetation sufficient time to flourish and for wildlife to settle in.

Residents are invited to drop-in at the exhibition, which will be set up by the bandstand in the park from 10am to 6pm. It will be run by partners Severn Trent and  NMCNomenca.