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Trent Washlands

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Trent Washlands

As the name suggests, the Trent Washlands lie on the flood plain of the River Trent, close to Burton upon Trent.  East Staffordshire Borough Council manages the site to provide an area of open space for wildlife and recreation.  The Washlands provide a variety of habitats for a range of wildlife. Look out for herons, dragonflies and damselflies.  The grassland is managed as a traditional hay meadow and is covered in marsh marigold, cowslips and cuckoo flower in spring.

Follow the sculpture trail which includes a Viking Long Boat, a loaf of bread and heron seat.  The black and white ferry bridge replaced the ferry crossing in 1889.  Burton Mail Centenary Woodland covers part of the site.

A site leaflet and the Woodlands and Washlands leaflet are both available from East Staffordshire Borough Council.


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  • Parking

    There are various car parks for the Trent Washlands site, but the Burton Library car park, on Meadowside Drive, provides the best direct access. The tarmac surfaced car park is Pay and Display (free for blue badge holders), flat and has lots of disabled parking bays next to the library. Further parking, with designated spaces for disabled visitors can be found at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, the car park next to the Market Square (near Burton College) and on Watson Street. The car park on Stapenhill Road (free) also links to the Washlands via a surfaced riverside path to Stapenhill Gardens and on to the old Ferry Bridge. Accessible ramps off the Ferry Bridge provide access to the southern Washlands.

  • Buses

    Please check traveline for detailed information on bus routes

  • Trains

    Burton Station

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