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Cannock Chase and Chasewater set to receive £450,000 funding to boost visitor experience

New areas for children to play and exciting new walking trails will be among the improvements at two country parks after a funding boost.

New trails and path improvements will be able to take place at Cannock Chase
New trails and path improvements will be able to take place at Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase and Chasewater will each benefit from close to £450,000 of investment in improving and developing facilities.

It comes after owners Staffordshire County Council coordinated funding from the EU’s European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and committed money raised from car parking fees at parks.

Lichfield District Council is also contributing towards improvements at Chasewater Country Park, including new and improved children’s areas, path improvements, new trails and visitor centre enhancements.

The funding will help Chasewater to erect a new open-sided, roofed shelter and path improvements around the area

The main investment will be in the two new play areas at Cannock Chase and Chasewater, which forms a large part of the £355,000 EU funding through the Rural Development Programme for England.

The country parks will also have new interpretation panels, multi-media displays inside Marquis Drive Visitor Centre and Chasewater Innovation Centre and a new walking route between the two.

Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and culture, said: “People will see a real difference at their country parks and I’m delighted Lichfield and Staffordshire Councils have worked together successfully to attract EU funding to improve facilities there.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District council’s cabinet member for visitor economy & local plan, added: “We are all looking forward to seeing the works get under way.”

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