Work starts this week on preserving the historic Sandwell Priory ruins.
The priory, in the Sandwell Valley Country Park in West Bromwich, dates back to the 12th century.
It is just yards from a small well - called The Sand Well - which gave its name to the borough when it was formed in 1974 following the amalgamation of the boroughs of West Bromwich and Warley.
The Priory ruins were exposed in the 1980s when an archaeological dig took place which revealed the walls of the original church and other associated buildings.In recent years staff at Sandwell Valley have worked hard to keep the site free from tree growth although at times it has been difficult.
Around 30 per cent of the country park is under an agri-environment scheme called Higher Level Stewardship. HLS pays farmers and landowners to manage their land in a way which is sympathetic to wildlife. It also offers protection to historic sites like the Sandwell Priory.
Following extensive negotiations between Sandwell Council, English Heritage and Natural England - who fund HLS - work begins on Tuesday (27 August) to help preserve the exposed remains of the priory.
It will include repairing any damaged stones, replacing mortar to stop rain causing further damage, removing tree saplings which have established themselves in the stones and putting a protective gravel margins around the exposed walls of the cloister range.
Cabinet member for highways and environment Councillor Maria Crompton said: "It is fantastic news that we have secured the funding to preserve such an important site. I am absolutely delighted."
Sandwell Valley's Jo Miskin said: "For a number of years we've been cutting back young saplings so that visitors can see and explore the priory ruins.
"We are now beginning to keep on top of the tree growth, but where they are growing out of the priory walls, we need experts to come and remove them.
"We would like to be able to get to a point where the site is surrounded by closely mown grass and looks like a really well-presented formal historic site.
"This work will take us some way towards achieving that aim, though we're about to apply for further funding which will make a significant difference to the whole site if successful."
Part of the work will also involve changing the way people access the site. Mr Miskin added "Over the years, people have created their own entrance to the site which has allowed cyclists to establish a short cut across the church. This was the most important part of the site and we'd like to offer it a little more protection."
The majority of the site will remain open while the works are taking place, which are expected to be completed towards the end of September.
Sandwell Priory was founded in the 12th century as a Benedictine monastery on the site of an earlier hermitage by William Fitz-Ansculf. It survived until 1525, when it was dissolved on the orders of Cardinal Wolsey.