A NUMBER of pathways at Durlston County Park will be closed next month, as part of the ongoing Pleasure Grounds Project.

Contractors will be giving the park a facelift by improving path surfaces, installing new seating and creating accessible viewpoints.

This is all part of the ongoing project which aims to restore and enhance the park's Victorian landscape for people, especially people with disabilities.

Landscape contractors ID Verde will start work in October.

Dorset Council highways, travel and environment portfolio holder, Cllr Ray Bryan, said: "The new work will allow everyone to enjoy the wildlife, heritage and spectacular views Durlston has to offer."

Some of the paths in Durlston’s woodland and clifftop will be temporarily closed for a few weeks, but diversions will be in place.

The rest of the 340-acre park and castle, which is run by Dorset Council, will remain open as usual.

Other work taking place this winter as part of the overall project includes tree surgery to improve habitats and views, restoration of Victorian stonework and the creation of an accessible ‘wild play’ trail, along with new signage.

Nicola Easdale from ID Verde, said: “We are delighted to be working to help bring this special landscape back to life and help protect it’s heritage for the future.”

Over the next three years volunteers will work with rangers, artists and specialists to create a more accessible and sustainable landscape at Durlston.

A Dorset Council spokesman said: "The project will help Durlston become one of the best places in the country for people with disabilities or reduced mobility to enjoy wildlife and the countryside.

"The Pleasure Grounds project will realise a Victorian vision for visitors and the local community and help secure a historic, wildlife-rich area for future generations."

Funding for the project has come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund