Work will start this month on improvements to Valley Road Park that will create new wildlife habitats.
Together with the works at Jubilee Ponds, Gedling, the project will provide improved flood protection for residents. The project will optimise the flood storage and ensure that all existing storage is utilised. The work is funded by a £3m grant from the European Regional Development Fund and Environment Agency
The Blue Green Infrastructure project aims to lower flood risk for around 160 properties located near the Day Brook.
Realigning the river channel through the park will also mean enhanced environments for wildlife and communities, improved biodiversity, habitat creation and new paths to improve public access. A new toucan crossing at Edwards Lane has also been installed to better link the two parts of the park.
The main work is due to be completed by the end of December 2019 with follow-up landscaping work in Spring 2020.
Councillor Sally Longford, Deputy Leader & Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment & Democratic Services said: “We are delighted that work is starting as we recognise how very important these improvements are. The funding received from the European Regional Development Fund and Environment Agency will ensure that we are able to honour our pledge to protect 1,000 homes from flooding by 2023 as well as creating habitats for better biodiversity in which wildlife can thrive.”