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Stapenhill Gardens, Burton upon Trent

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Stapenhill is a village and civil parish in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire in the UK. It was a small village owned by Nigel of Stafford as far back as 1086, however this ancient parish area has long since been surrounded by new housing developments. Stapenhill was known for its brickyards in the 18th and 19th centuries, with local industry and employment today dominated by the Long Street shed works.Several major music festivals take place every summer at Catton Hall, on the outskirts of the village.Stapenhill Gardens is the epitome of Stapenhill. Its main feature is a giant artificial swan with all flowers planted in it. This represents the swans who have historically inhabited the Gardens, and also the wider immutability of life in general. Similarly, the local football team is Stapenhill Swans. Stapenhill Gardens is also the location of the annual "Tulip Festival", an event unrivalled outside The NetherlandsCurrent and former pubs and bars in the area include The Copper Hearth (now a Tesco supermarket), The New Inn, The Punch Bowl (now a care home), The Barley Mow (new home of the BIS), The Crown, The Grove, The Dart (now a day centre for ex-offenders), The Freehold Tavern (now a Chinese restaurant), The Plough, and The Elms.Stapenhill is well known for its wide variety of shopping opportunities, ranging from major chain-stores to independent craft butchers. The primary retail centres are Main Street; Rosliston Road/Brackenwood Road area; and Short Street/Lincoln Road. A large Westfield shopping mall has been proposed for the site which is currently occupied by Heath Road Recreation Ground, to complement the ongoing Drakelow Park housing development. A decision on whether this will be approved is expected by the end of 2017.
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  • We miss the two female gardeners who used to plant up the display and weed the beds. Now quite a few of displays are not as good as they were, and quite a few beds weed ridden now. The wild flower... 
    We miss the two female gardeners who used to plant up the display and weed the beds. Now quite a few of displays are not as good as they were, and quite a few beds weed ridden now. The wild flower...  more »
  • Lots of paths to walk round. Lovely walk alongside the river, plenty of open space and free car park (although it does get busy at times). Although just off a main road it can get quite tranquil... 
    Lots of paths to walk round. Lovely walk alongside the river, plenty of open space and free car park (although it does get busy at times). Although just off a main road it can get quite tranquil...  more »
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  • Very relaxing area. Parked at the Washlands and took a stroll over the Ferry Bridge. The swan looks lovely with all the begonias around it. Lovely Burton landmark. Lovely to see so many swans, ducks and geese grazing and swimming. Great place take the kids to feed the ducks.
  • outdoor fun in the best way.Feed the ducks & swans.run up & down the steps or just stroll.grass purfect for picnics & clean tidy etc.great little ice cream shop on the bridge.

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