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Calling all Wildlife Warriors and Nature Lovers!

Help us to discover the flora and fauna of the Burslem Branch Canal! Do you know your ragged robin from your red campion? If you can identify a butterfly or mushroom, enjoy some casual bird spotting, or just want to learn more about the incredible nature hiding in plain sight, join us for our first nature walk of the Burslem Branch Canal. The disused Burslem Branch Canal is an incredible post-industrial site. With a lack of human intervention in recent years the site is now teaming with life. The site is abounding with burrows (we already know there are badgers on site!) and offers a great foraging habitat for insects and small creatures. We’re looking for local experts and enthusiasts to help us understand more about the biodiversity and environmental value of the Burslem Branch Canal as a green corridor. If you have any interest or experience in these areas and would like to get involved, please do get in touch via Please save the date of Sunday 21st November!

Historic view towards Burslem

The Trust seeks to reopen the Burslem Branch Canal, creating new waterside facilities to deliver sustainable leisure, tourism and thus employment.

We aim to make a major difference to the quality of life in Burslem and Middleport through a major regeneration project which will extend from Rogerson’s Meadows and the Trent and Mersey Canal to Furlong Mills in lower Burslem.

The completed project will deliver the re-opened Canal Branch, a mooring basin in a newly constructed pool at Furlong Mills, recreational facilities in the heritage buildings on the historic wharf, and outdoor/sporting activities along the canal side.

It will provide a high-quality canalside setting for the residential redevelopment sites.

You can find out more about our project here.

Strategic Action Plan

Our Strategy and Action Plan demonstrates how the re-established Burslem Branch Canal can help achieve stakeholder organisation’s strategic objectives including: economic and social development, environmental enhancement and physical and increased waterway and towpath activity.

Read more here

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