Burslem Park is a Grade II listed Victorian Park, first opened in 1894. Novelist Arnold Bennett described the new park as making “a very creditable appearance” in his book Anna of the Five Towns. “The town,” he wrote, “was proud of its achievement, and it had the right to be.”
Restored in 2012 to its former glory thanks to a £2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, it now receives over 240,000 visits per year.
Rising gracefully from lake to pavilion via a winding path and formal terrace garden, the park is an early but important example of the work of Thomas Mawson. Among the great landscape designers of his age, he was to become renowned as the creative force behind gardens at Wightwick Manor, Brockhole in Cumbria, and Stoke-on-Trent’s own Hanley Park.
The amenities at the park have recently been refurbished. This park has been improved through the Greening for Growth programme with the support of Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund. The Greening for Growth programme of environmental improvements was launched in 2003 and is the largest environmental regeneration programme in the West Midlands. Greening for Growth aims to create: Well used and maintained landmark parks that offer more leisure opportunities and attract visitors to the area. A North Staffordshire network of safe, attractive off-road routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Canals, rivers and disused railways will link green spaces with homes, work places and leisure facilities, 28km of greenways will be created or upgraded. A landscape to be proud of where major transport routes and developments are set in interesting, high quality landscapes.