What started out as a scrap yard, cluttered with old mine tubs, railway lines, electric motors, a main line railway truck chassis and numerous other items dumped after the Underground Experience was demolished in 2006, is now our REMEMBRANCE GARDEN.
The Garden was created by the 'Friends' and funded entirely by donations, from the 'Friends', local councillors, local MP, and local businesses. It is not finished yet and further grants are needed to complete the work. A grant from the National Lottery has made some of the proposed work possible.
The 'Friends' would like to thank all it's members and supporters who made it possible to create the garden.
To transform a derelict mine-compound into a quiet Garden of Remembrance and Reflection, for all of those who have given their lives for the winning of coal at Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Stoke on Trent.
To create a place of peace and beauty, which blends with our coal-mining heritage at the last- remaining, complete, deep coal -mine site in Britain.
To extend our existing Heritage Centre facility by providing an outdoor aspect, which gives access to visitors from the local community and beyond.
To create a safe outdoor environment which incorporates inclusive, accessible, pathways and seating areas which can be enjoyed by all.
To work as FRIENDS, with the support of other partners, to ensure that cost considerations and outcomes are realistic, achievable and provide value for money.
To enhance the planned environment by the planting of suitable trees, shrubs, plants and grassed/bark-covered areas.