National Garden Festival, 1986


This is a record of the last great reclamation project in Stoke-on-Trent – and one of its great successes.

There are three main sections to this five-year project to create and stage the UKs first National Garden Festival

A history section taking us through the closing of the Shelton Bar steelworks, the massive reclamation reclamation works on the site, and the planning and running of the Festival itself.

All the key people who made the National Garden Festival happen are interviewed in the programme.

From the official opening by the Queen, we have a ‘guided tour’ of all the areas and features of the site – and see people enjoying the Festival in full swing.

We end with the developing of the site into Festival Park as we know it today.