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Has anyone seen our river?
Festival Stoke is based in the town of Stoke-upon-Trent; it is one of the towns that make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent. It is a distinctive town its own right but it is also very much part of the wider city. Despite the fact that both town and city carry the name of the river, visitors would be forgiven for thinking we'd made it all up. Where is the river?
Here the river flows
The River Trent emerges to the north-eastern edge of the city and runs in a south-westerly direction before entering the town of Stoke and then heads south towards Hanford turning west to Trentham. Within the city and through the town the river has become hidden as a result of the development of the A500 dual carriageway in the early 1960's. Some of the river was channelled through tunnels under the road but a long stretch still remains running from the centre of the town south to Hanford; this section of the river has natural banks and a pathway and is very pretty.
Let's go find the river!
We're going to be exploring more about the river, what it means to local people and the town and the city which are both named after it. We are hoping that people locally will add their memories, ideas, thoughts about the river and what it means to them. We will also be exploring what the future may be for the river of which Stoke is upon. Together, let's go find the Trent! Follow us on #upontrent.
Can you trace the route of the river on this old map?
If you or your relatives have memories of the River Trent before the A500 was built we'd love to hear them. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The River is being Restored
We are delighted to read this news that work is finally taking place to provide accessible and more natural banks to the River Trent through the town of Stoke, it will be a real asset for the town and people. It was promised a long time ago but now we can see it is finally happening!
Taken from Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Facebook page, 21 May 2020:
After years of planning behind the scenes, work is finally under way to create a more natural channel for the River Trent at Stoke City Football Club's old Victoria Ground.
The ambitious river restoration project involves excavating a new section, roughly 500 metres in length. This will bypass the existing ugly and lifeless concrete channel that has no public access, before re-joining the current course of the river at the south of the site.
The work will:
Provide massively improved habitats for wildlife both in the river and along its banks
Create a far more attractive looking river which people will be able to enjoy from a new footpath.
This project to restore the River Trent is one of 16 environmental enhancement schemes which make up the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) SUNRISE Project (www.erdf-sunrise.co.uk). Led by the city council and delivered by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and other partners, the project is working to improve urban green space across the city and Newcastle. With £3.6 million of funding over a three-year programme, the SUNRISE project represents the most significant current investment into urban wildlife habitats in the area.