Crystal Palace's famous dinosaur statues are to get a make-over as part of wider improvements to the park.

A planning application has been submitted to restore Crystal Palace’s fossilised friends.

The prehistoric beasts which grace the park, off Crystal Palace Parade, are in need of conservation after last being renovated around 15 years ago.

The statues are Grade I listed – the highest available – after being constructed in the 1850s, before Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was published.

MORE TOP STORIES The renovations are part of a £2.16m fund for projects within the park as part of a wider regeneration.

A new cafe is also planned, and the council has already begun to look for an operator to run it.

The proposed conservation of the dinosaurs is estimated to cost £436,437, and if approved work could begin in autumn.

Not all the dinosaurs will be renovated due to funding constraints, and the ones prioritised include the standing Iguanadon, the Plesiosaurus Dolichoderus, the Ichthyosaurus Platyodon and others.

A council spokesperson said: “The project to conserve and protect the much loved dinosaurs is progressing, with the conservation application submitted.”

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To view the dinosaur planning application use reference: 15/02847/LBC.