Former colliery set to be transformed into public park with £8m makeover

A former colliery - designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument due to its collection of pithead structures - is to be transformed into a heritage country park.

The land at Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Stoke-on-Trent, is to benefit from an £8m makeover that will transform it into a public park.

Design work and assessments of the site have been undertaken, along with a public consultation. The 50ha space will include footpaths, grassland, wetland and restoration of Ford Green Brook.

There will be a business centre, and the colliery spoil heap will be remodelled and landscaped to create a country park.

Grant Associates is involved with the design of the green space. Landscape architect Carly Lamb said retaining the site's heritage, as well as the river restoration, is a critical part of the work.

She said: "We don't see it as a traditional country park; we want to leave some of the remnants of the industry and they will be as accessible as they can be."

The regeneration of the colliery is being delivered through a partnership between site owners Stoke-on-Trent City Council, English Heritage, Advantage West Midlands and English Partnerships, with work to be carried out by Birse Civils.

English Partnerships head of national programmes Neil Mortimer said: "It will turn 50ha of derelict land into an area of beauty that will benefit the entire community, while retaining the memory of what once went on here."

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