VITAL repair work to a culvert that carries the Barbourne Brook underneath Perdiswell Park is set to begin within the next two weeks.
The £800,000 project, paid for by Worcester City Council and the Environment Agency, will involve a nine-metre deep excavation to replace sections of the culvert which have deteriorated, and to make sure there is no risk of it collapsing.
Work is expected to begin on Tuesday, May 3 with council chiefs saying it could take between three and four months to complete and for the land to be returned to normal.
An area of about 200 metres in length, running from the west of Perdiswell Leisure Centre and stretching north from Bilford Road, is being fenced off to ensure there is no danger to the public during the excavation work.
Part of Perdiswell golf course has already been closed to allow the excavation work to go ahead. But the City Council has struck a deal with the Ravenmeadow Golf Club for them to keep open the nine holes in the northern part of Perdiswell, ensuring that golfers can still play 18 holes.
David Sutton, the City Council’s Service Manager for a Cleaner and Greener City, said: “Perdiswell is a great destination for leisure activities and this work is essential to ensure it can remain open and popular with our residents.
“We’re working to keep to a minimum the disruption this important project causes, and we’ll be continuing to maintain the land around the fenced off area so the majority of the open space will still be available for walking and other leisure activities.”