A £1.8million restoration project is underway at Stevens Park, following a successful lottery funding application from Dudley Council and partners.

The National Heritage Lottery Funding granted £1.4million last year to Dudley Council and the Friends of Stevens Park.

Cash will be used to fund the restoration and extension of Tintern House and to enable wider park improvements.

The disused building, formerly known as the White House, will have a community café, new toilets and meeting rooms added - as part of the first phase of works - by selected contractors Speller Metcalfe.

The Emily Jordan Foundation, a charity working to support people with learning disabilities, will operate from the building. It will develop horticultural training opportunities and a bike recycling workshop, as well as other opportunities to support people with learning disabilities to move closer towards work.

Park improvements including heritage interpretation, new access to the memorial garden, new footpaths and planting will follow. It's expected that a community development officer will be appointed in the future to deliver a range of activities and events.