Burton’s Gardens to Get a Face Lift

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Open Spaces team will begin work over the next few months to improve some of the green areas of Burton upon Trent’s town centre. This work will be undertaken as part of Open Spaces plans to enhance the provision of the Washlands Green Flag accreditation, as well as opening up the Washlands to the town centre as part of the Town Centre Regeneration Programme.

The initial work will focus on the area behind Andressey Passage known as the Abbot’s Garden. This area needs modernising for future generations and it is the intention of the Open Spaces team to return it to a blank canvas over the next few weeks ready for new planting works to take place in 2018. They will then turn their attentions to the Memorial and Remembrance Gardens, the Library area, the Cherry Orchard and areas further afield on the Washlands.

Whilst visiting the Abbot’s Garden Councillors Grosvenor, Jessel and Whittaker took the opportunity to speak to some Burton and South Derbyshire Students who were in the area at the time to ask them what sort of improvements they would like to see.

Cllr Colin Whittaker, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services said: “Short, Medium and Long term plans are being devised that will provide a timeframe for the work that needs to be carried out by the Open Spaces team. The hard work undertaken by the team will go on to improve the provision of the green spaces already available within the town centre and create a natural link between them and the Washlands.

“It was really interesting meeting the young people and gathering their opinions. There were some fascinating ideas which will certainly be considered by the open spaces team throughout their work”.

Cllr Julia Jessel, Deputy Leader for Town Centre and Neighbourhoods said:

“The Greening of the town centre was one of the original projects defined by the Town Centre Regeneration Programme and we are happy to see that improvements are being planned. There are some areas in serious need of renovation and once these particular areas are improved they will only go on to improve the experiences for residents of, and visitors to, the Burton area”.

Cllr Richard Grosvenor, Leader of the Council said: “By implementing this work hopefully the residents and visitors to Burton upon Trent will see that East Staffordshire Borough Council is committed in its attempts to improve the town centre and surrounding areas. This is a small step in what we hope to be a much bigger programme with the ongoing work we would like to undertake between ourselves, Staffordshire County Council and our key partners.

2017-10-18 00:00:00