PLANS to revive a town centre beauty spot with events, public art, wifi and new signs have been unveiled.

The new Friends of Druitt Gardens, which was formed in September last year, have devised an action plan for the gardens in the centre of Christchurch.

The group was formed following the controversial redevelopment of the Cornfactor site into retirement flats, and had its first meeting once the developers had left the site and replanted the garden where their compound had stood.

A range of local groups were invited to be involved in the group, with representatives from Christchurch Citizens Association, Christchurch History Society, Druitt Hall Association, Christchurch Conservation Society and more taking a seat at the table.

And after reviewing the 'masterplan' for the gardens at their November 2016 meeting, it was decided a new plan should be drawn up.

That was approved in April, with members of the community committee asked to approve the draft at their meeting on Wednesday (9/8).

It includes interpretation boards detailing wildlife and other aspects of the gardens, public art commissioning, public wifi, a new footpath and an 'entrance statement scheme'.

There are also plans for history talks, archaeology events, storytelling and education packs.

And it has been suggested there is also scope for wood craft events, food festival, open air theatre and arts competition.

Some of the suggestions have already been implemented, says a report to the community committee, including a bioblitz and fun day in June.

However, the group "recognise that a number of the actions will require additional funding and therefore asked that these items be placed on record as potential bids for capital funding in the autumn/winter 2017 budget round", the report adds.

In 2012 a number of different works took place in the gardens including resurfacing the footpaths, lighting and new benches and furniture.

Members of the committee are asked to approve the draft plan and include the detailed proposals in the autumn/winter budget round.