1) Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

See original steam engines working in this fascinating Victorian pumping station. Café, bookshop, education centre.


2) Burton Canoe Club

Family based clubhouse on the Washlands with kayaks and canoes for members. Training, competition and recreation.‎

3) National Brewery Centre

Experience Burton upon Trent's rich brewing heritage with visitor centre, beer tastings, events and micro brewery.


4) Trent Washlands

River Trent floodplain wildlife haven with meadows, wildflowers, Hereford cattle, sculpture trails and wheelchair access.

Web: Trent Washlands

5) Brewhouse

The online arts showcase for East Staffordshire


6) Shobnall Marina

Pleasant moorings with boat services, handy for Burton's great shopping, eating out and railway station. Web:

7) Branston Golf & Country Club

18 and 9 hole golf course, Health & Fitness Facilities, Golf Academy, Driving Range, Bar, Restaurant, Golf Shop


8) Drakelow Nature Reserve

Open to permit holders. Former gravel pit important for its wetland habitats and wildlife.

Drakelow Reserve

9) Branston Water Park

Local Nature Reserve lake surrounded by woodland, reedbeds and meadows. Wheelchair access, angling and model boating.

Web:Branston Water Park

10) Newbold Quarry

Active Aggregate Industries quarry with public access being developed amongst wetland and reedbed restoration.

Web:Newbold quarry

11) Barton Marina

Superb waterside destination with restaurants, shops, lakes, fishery, nature walk, garden centre and boat marina.

12) Borough Hill Farm

Free visits, by arrangement, for groups and schools, to this fascinating working farm, complete with Scheduled Ancient Monument. Phone:

13) Barton Quarry

Hanson, creating water recreation and wildlife habitat following mineral extraction.

Web:Barton quarry

14) Catton Hall

Music, equestrian events, corporate and wedding venue, luxury accomodation and great wildlife by the river.

15) National Memorial Arboretum

A haven of peace, contemplation and hope, National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance.

16) Croxall Lakes

Former gravel workings alongside River Mease developed as a nature reserve with important wetland and grassland habitats.

17) Whitemoor Lakes Action Centre

Whitemoor Lakes Action Centre.

18) Microlight School

Get a birds-eye view of the Central Rivers area! Trial lessons available for all. Web:

19) Alrewas Quarry

Lafarge Alrewas Quarry - Creating wildlife habitats and public amenity through careful mineral extraction and restoration.

20) Fradley Junction

Lovely café and nature reserve with nearby caravan park by Coventry and Trent and Mersey canals.

21) Elford Hall Walled Gardens

Be part of this great community project restoring a Georgian walled garden. Or just visit!. Web:

22) Woodhouse Community Farm

Visit this fascinating smallholding with a productive Walled Garden and Capability Brown landscaping. Open Tuesday and Saturday afternoons.


23) Fisherwick Lakes

Interesting and challenging game and coarse fishing. Picturesque and great value for money.

24) Elford Quarry

JPE are completing this restoration, to include leisure, wildlife and footpaths, and also recycling aggregates.

25) Tamworth Castle and Pleasure Grounds

Superb castle and grounds overlooking beautiful floral terraces and river, ideal for picnics and walks.

26) Egg Meadow

Enjoy this beautiful wild flower meadow in central Tamworth and its circular cycle route. Access: From the Snow Dome car park.

27) SnowDome Tamworth

The ultimate snow, ice & leisure experience.

28) Borrow Pit Lake

Explore this wildlife haven in central Tamworth with spectacular views of the river.


29) Fazeley Mill Marina

Moor at this delightful oasis of calm, surrounded by mature trees and grass banks.

30) Dosthill Park Local Nature Reserve

A hidden jewel! Walk, play or just sit and watch the river….


31) Dosthill Diving Centre

Dive in crystal clear water amidst beautiful geology, native crayfish and fish at this top inland centre. Web:

32) Drayton Manor Park

The UK's best family theme park with kids rides, family fun, zoo, and thrill rides.

33) Middleton Lakes

Relax or play…find a wild space to suit your mood on this beautiful restored gravel quarry.

Information Note

Information Note – January 2016


‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ Landscape Partnership Scheme: a proposal for Heritage Lottery Funding


Overall Scheme ambition: to engage local people and visitors with a revitalised natural and cultural heritage within the Trent Valley Washlands Regional Character Area.


‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ area: covers the Trent Valley Washlands Regional Landscape Character Area within Staffordshire and Derbyshire including sections of the Trent, Tame and Dove river valleys (area under consideration shown on map overleaf).


Background: The Central Rivers Initiative (CRI) is a long-established partnership that has been working with landowners, mineral companies and local groups to shape the restoration of the river valley landscape between Tamworth and Burton upon Trent.

Given increasing pressures on the river valley landscape for mineral exploitation and land development and changing local community needs and expectations, the CRI Partnership believes the time is right to take the CRI approach to a higher level of partnership working and is seeking HLF funding as a Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Outline scheme proposal:


We have a vision: “to create and connect beautiful places where people can explore and enjoy water, landscape and wildlife, and to ensure that careful extraction and restoration by the area’s many sand and gravel quarries will leave a sustainable network of wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities and agricultural land.”


We are aiming to develop a project which achieves outcomes for:

* Natural and Built Heritage eg restoration of wetland habitats and re-naturalisation of our rivers and streams; restoration and interpretation of our built, industrial and cultural heritage associated with canals, rivers and their floodplains.

* People eg involving local people in research and study of the evolution of the Trent Valley Washlands landscape and in the visual presentation of information to show landscape change from palaeo-environments to present day; training and practice in practical management and environmental survey skills.

* Communities eg development of trails and facilities and web-based information listing opportunities for access for visitors as well as for local people to enjoy and appreciate the river valley landscape and for health and wellbeing benefits; creation of vantage points to help people appreciate the river valley landscape and influence decisions affecting landscape change.


Your input/next steps:


The Partnership will be submitting a bid to HLF at the end of May 2016 for a development grant to develop this proposal in detail.

The Partnership would welcome your support for and input to the proposed ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ Landscape Partnership Scheme. As well as any general comments we would welcome views and suggestions on the following:


* What localities or features within the proposed Scheme are special to you /your organisation and which should form a key focus of the project?

* What issues of concern to you in the proposed Scheme might be addressed or mitigated by a Landscape Partnership Scheme?

* Do you have suggestions or ideas for projects which could deliver for the 3 main outcomes above (Heritage, People, Communities)? We would be pleased to discuss these with you.


If you wish to comment on our outline proposals, propose projects or wish to confirm your support for the proposed ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ Landscape Partnership Scheme, please submit these by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by post to the Central Rivers Initiative Manager at The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford ST17 0WT.

‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ Landscape Partnership Scheme – Area under consideration


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