WORK to drain a pond in one of Malvern's parks is about to begin.

District council staff will begin de-silting the pond at Priory Park on October 18.

When complete, the work will have improved the flow of the waterfall and the overall water quality.

The banks will also be repaired and re-profiled to benefit wildlife and vegetation will be replanted.

As a result of the work, the main path between the Malvern Splash and the Council House is closed.

It will remain closed for two weeks while the work is carried out.

The major work draining the upper part of the pond started in September to prepare it for essential repairs and maintenance.

It forms part of a wider series of work to improve the visitor experience in the park, with work having been given the go-ahead earlier this year.

Cllr Peter Whatley, portfolio member for resources at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "It is great to see the progress that has already been made to the ponds in Priory Park.

"The essential works carried out are all part of our commitment to improving and making the most of our environment."