Plans to transform Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall and park project have been unveiled by Nottingham city council and curators of its natural history museum.

The plans have been described as a ‘a significant step forward’ for an iconic Nottingham landmark and the presentation also highlighted the importance of the project for East Midlands leisure and tourism.

The estimated budget for the project is several million pounds, with £1.3 million planned for the museum redesign.

Wollaton Hall. (Image; Nottingham council)

Different organisations like Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund have committed to support the project.

Internal work has already started with the refurbishment of the walled garden at the park while community volunteers have begun restoring a secret area of the park.

Wollaton Park (image: Nottingham council)

Steve Battlemuch, councillor for the Wollaton West ward, explains that the work being done could not be possible without the volunteers.

He said: “The number of possibilities for what the site could host is endless and it’s massive thanks to the Wollaton Historical Conservation Society for bringing this to our attention in their booklet.”

The first stage is expected to be completed by April 2020 and will mainly focus on the bird and fish galleries and will set the scene for a new experience of smart, interactive exhibits and visually engaging displays.