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Conference backs call for Washlands visitor centre

Delegates representing many local community groups, as well as the police and local councils, have backed calls for a new visitor centre to be built to serve Burton’s Trent Washlands.

The idea for a new centre was first aired by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in 2008 and proved to be a winner with the public then, as well as now.

“Trent Washlands is for many people the jewel in Burton’s crown, a huge area of wildlife-rich tranquillity that any town the size of Burton would love to have; thankfully, only Burton can claim it as its own though!” said Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive Guy Corbett-Marshall.  “Unfortunately, this great place, with its lovely views and  varied wildlife, is often overlooked, not helped by the lack of important things like somewhere to sit and enjoy a cup of tea, any day of the week”.

A feasibility study conducted three years ago suggested that a site on the Anglesey side of the Trent could be suitable for a café and visitor centre.  The recent demise though of the former Boathouse pub has stirred locals to form a group called Boathouse 4 Burton, which they believe could be the right spot for such a centre, this time on the Stapenhill side of town.  And it’s a call that is gaining momentum.

Commenting on Boathouse 4 Burton being the most popular improvement suggested at the Washlands conference earlier this month, Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Grosvenor said:

“I can confirm that East Staffordshire Borough Council is currently looking at options for a visitor centre on or adjacent to the Washlands.  The Boathouse site is one of the locations under serious consideration.  Last week’s consultation event has underlined how fortunate Burton is to have such a fantastic green resource on its doorstep.  It is our intention to bid for external funding to help bring forward the development of a Visitor Centre which clearly has strong public support.”

Book a Brewery Break in The National Forest

Burton upon Trent is famous throughout the world for the production of beer, with a brewing heritage stretching back to the middle ages. Now visitors can get the brewery experience while staying in luxury at the grade II listed, 18th century Ramada Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, former home of Staffordshire brewer William Worthington.


The town of Burton upon Trent and the surrounding area lie within the growing National Forest, so visitors can combine their weekend with a leafy walk around some of the Forest’s hundreds of woodlands.


The special two-night treat package includes tickets to the National Brewery Centre along with a three-course dinner for two in the oak-panelled Folly Restaurant with its vast 18th century fireplace and large windows overlooking landscaped gardens, and full English breakfast on both mornings.  The total price for the package to stay in this grand Italianate-style country manor, set in eight acres of private grounds, is £174 per couple (just £87 per person). The offer is available until the end of December.

Antiques Roadshow at the National Memorial Arboretum


Antiques Roadshow to feature the National Memorial Arboretum in unique “Remembrance” recording. Fans welcome to attend this special filming, but asked not to bring heirlooms. BBC One television’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ will be recording a special edition of the programme at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 1st September.

Wild about Tamworth wins grant to plant 5,000 trees

Wild about Tamworth wins grant to plant 5,000 trees

Nature lovers are celebrating after scooping a grant of over £12,000 to plant 5,000 trees across Tamworth Borough. The funds have been awarded to Wild about Tamworth, a partnership between Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Tamworth Borough Council, from The Big Tree Plant Fund. The young trees, or whips, will be planted on Local Nature Reserves and green spaces across the Borough, as hedgerows and as groups of trees to form attractive features and create ‘corridors’ for wildlife.

Wild about Tamworth officer Lindsey Bates said: “Everyone is absolutely delighted to receive this grant and we’re really looking forward to starting to plant the first trees during the autumn and winter months."



Moira Fox and Ernest Badger, the Forest Dwellers from Conkers, will be leading the pack on Sunday September 18th as they line up at the start of the National Forest Family Fun Run. The friendly six-foot creatures will then fire the starter gun and give the youngsters a run for their money as they head off up the trails.

This 1-mile race is open to children (and animal mascots) aged from 4 to 14 years old and will take place at 9:30am before the National Forest 10K sets off from Conkers.

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