Portsmouth’s historic city centre park is to be closed for two weeks as work continues to restore and revitalise it.

Victoria Park will be shut from Monday 11 September, to ensure people’s safety during restoration work involving heavy machinery. Portsmouth City Council plans to reopen it on Monday 25 September.

The work is part of the council’s project to improve the park’s value as a community space, a wildlife haven and a much-loved part of the city’s heritage. The project has benefited from a £2.4m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, made possible by National Lottery players.

It includes building a new community hub, improving the aviary, restoring historic monuments and creating a new play area.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of the Council, with responsibility for leisure and culture, said: “We’re very sorry to have to close the park for a couple of weeks, but unfortunately this is needed for important safety reasons. The work we’re doing is part of our efforts to make the park an even better community space, and we’re very grateful for people’s understanding during this temporary closure.”

To find out more, please visit the Victoria Park website or follow Victoria Park on Facebook