Trees planted on former colliery site following Homes and Communities Agency cash award

Staffordshire school children were joined by their local MP to start planting trees on part of the former Silverdale Colliery site.

The planting is part of a £10.6m restoration project funded by the government's Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), to turn the former colliery, equivalent to approximately 150 football pitches, into a new country park, 300 new homes, 2 football pitches and a community building.

Local school children planted 160 trees with help from MP Paul Farrelly and representatives from the organisations involved in the colliery's restoration including the HCA, Land Restoration Trust, Staffordshire County Council and Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council.

The restoration of the Colliery has been undertaken by the HCA, the national housing and regeneration agency for England, using money from its National Coalfields Programme.

Some £10.6m has been invested to date into remediation and landscaping of the former colliery site. 

Once completed, HCA will transfer the ownership of the park to the Land Restoration Trust. The Trust will appoint Groundwork Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to work with the community to manage the site at a local level.   


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