Part of a former hospital site in the Midlands has been turned into a park after the local authority spent £20,000 cleaning up 3ha of land.
The cash for the former Towers Hospital in Leicester was spent on pruning trees, planting new shrubs and putting in signage directing people around the newly named Towers Park. New boundary fencing was installed to define the area, to be opened on 19 April.
Members of the Leicestershire & Rutland Probation Trust’s community payback team helped, spending 175 hours cutting back overgrown shrubs and clearing the site, said assistant City Mayor Piara Singh Clair.
"The land for Towers Park was donated to the city council by the NHS, allowing us to provide some much-needed open space for people living in the local area to enjoy," he said of the completed first phase.
Further improvements include a woodland walk, more planting and new seating.