Who Has Been Involved?

Nine different organisations have been involved with the regeneration of the Berryhill Fields site. Click on the images below to visit their website [where still possible]

Millennium Commission logo The Millennium Commission is one of the good causes that share proceeds from the National Lottery. It is distributing over £2 billion on a vast range of projects, festivals and people right across the UK. This includes over 200 new buildings, environmental projects and visitors attractions; a year-long programme of festival celebrations in the year 2000; and thousands of Millennium Award winners are putting a bright idea into action to benefit their community. These initiatives are leaving a lasting legacy that will be felt right across the UK for years to come.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has had three departments actively involved in the web project, The IT Services, Planning, and Education departments. Each has contributed to the aims and objectives of the website, with IT services providing the technical support and training components of the project, Planning providing the background information, and education providing the curricula advice and support.

Museums and Archives Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council. They have provided a vast amount of help and support in the project. Being involved in the archeological excavations of the 13 Century Manor House. Besides this they have co-operated in the production of much of the historical information on the website.
AWM takes a leading role in supporting a wide range of regeneration projects across the west Midlands region. They are project partners for Berryhill Fields through their land reclamation programme and have joint funded the treatment of over 50 pitshafts, the creation of a footpath network and the enhancement of the landscape of the Fields.
Groundwork’s ‘Changing Places’ Programme
Key Aims and Objectives

  • To transform areas of neglected and derelict land which have a negative impact on the community into positive assets with a productive end use.
  • To celebrate the renewal of the landscape with the community in a way that marks the end of an era and looks forward to a new millennium.
  • Two philosophies have underpinned the Changing Places approach. Firstly, projects are community led; local people are extensively involved in determining how the sites are improved. Secondly, projects are ecologically informed; we are recruiting nature to ensure that restoration is both cost effective and sustainable.

The Story So Far

Changing Places started in 1995 when the Millennium Commission awarded £22.1 million of funding, as part of their Round 1 Capital Grants, towards a £44.2 million programme. 21 sites in England and Wales, totalling over 1,000 hectares, are now being transformed by partnerships led by Groundwork. The total programme value is now in excess of £51 million.

Millennium Commission grant has proved vital in enabling projects to be tackled in an innovative way, engaging with local people and creating a real sense of local pride and ownership. The long term perspective of the Commission has uniquely ensured that each site is covenanted to public benefit for at least 99 years. The mechanism for this is a ‘Deed of Dedication’. Expenditure on improvement works within the boundary of covenanted land can be counted as ‘co-funding’ for the purpose of drawing Millennium Commission grant into the programme.

Projects include the creation of leisure facilities on former colliery sites, a new nature park on old gravel workings, a riding facility for disabled people on a former hospital site and a country park on a former chemical tip.