Moving Mountains


This is a collection of documentary films and interviews charting the important and monumental changes to the local environment achieved by the Planning Team of Stoke-on-Trent City Council in the 20 years from 1968. We start with the opening of two films made in the days of ccoal firing, to give an insight into the obstacles facing the planners. Joe Monks-Neill - architect of some of the major reclamation schemes - sets the scene in the 1960s and explains the tasks undertaken to achieve the reclamation of the many areas of dereliction within the City. Key areas featured are the transformed Hanley Deep Pit site to create Central Forest Park, the Westport Lake scheme, former mineral lines turned into a network of walkways, Park Hall Country Park and the reclamation of the Shelton Bar Iron and Steelworks site to create the National Garden Festival of 1986 then the Festival Park we know today. Archive film, interviews with the key people involved show and tell the impressive story of land reclamation in Stoke-on-Trent to give us the network of green spaces we enjoy today - this DVD shows how it was achieved.