Birds in for a treat as aviaries in Pittville Park undergo huge refurbishment, Gloucestershire Echo
Press Coverage - 14/04/2016
The birds in Pittville Park will soon be treated to a life of luxury.
The aviaries in the park are set to undergo a major refurbishment, thanks to Friends of Pittville and a grant of £25,000 from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
The work started yesterday and will take approximately ten weeks.
Meanwhile the animals have been temporarily rehomed.
The work to the aviaries will include replacing all the mesh, repairing and repainting the metal work, repairing all the timber structures, improving the facilities for the animals and providing more educational and interactive information for members of the public.
This work forms part of the project to transform the Pittville park play area into a space for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund for the benefit of Gloucestershire, its people and its environment.
The present aviaries were established in 1936, and this will be the first time they have been substantially repaired since then.
Community parks officer, Malcolm Walls, said: "The Friends of Pittville have been an integral part of driving this project forward and it's great that they've been awarded this funding to support the renovation."
Chairman of Friends of Pittville, Julie Hodsdon, said: "We are very grateful to the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for making it possible to refurbish this much loved part of the play area and to make it even more interesting for families visiting in the future."
Trust Manager from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, John McLaughlin, added: "The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust is pleased to have contributed funds to this project.
"It will be a significant improvement that will benefit the birds and animals as well as the citizens of Cheltenham."