The Druid statue will be temporarily removed from the park during August so that specialists, who have already restored two identical statues for the National Trust, can carry out the works.

"The statue is an important part of Priory Park and so it is important that this is restored and repaired so that it can continue to be enjoyed for years to come," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance, Growth, Place, and Regeneration. "The statue is made of Coade stone and so we have carried out extensive research to make sure that this work is carried out by specialists who are experienced in restoring this type of stone.

"This is one of many improvements planned for our Priory Park in Chichester. We look forward to welcoming the statue back to Priory Park once the works have been completed."

The statue will be repaired by Cliveden Conservation in Berkshire, one of the country's leading experts for the conservation of stone. This follows an extensive research exercise, carried out by Chichester District Council.

The statue was originally placed above a water supply in South Street in 1776 and has had a number of homes across Chichester ever since. It now resides in Priory Park, which is owned and managed by Chichester District Council, and has been installed there since 1873.

Date of release: 6 August 2019

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