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The Brewery Garden

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This space celebrates the brewing industry, part of the unique heritage of Burton-upon-Trent. The front of the
garden represents a brewery yard, where private railways crossed public roads in the town. Barrels, kegs and hops can be seen among the planting, as well as a willow sculpture of a cooper (barrel maker). Grasses here include Stipa gigantea, Glyceria maxima and Helictotrichon sempervirens, as well as a range of bedding plants and cordylines.

From the brewery yard, a bridge crosses some water representing the River Trent and Trent and Mersey Canal
up to a wharf area depicting the Trent Valley Washlands.

A sail canvas over a bar is a nod to the sailing ships carrying beer to Prussia. The planting here includes rushes, sedges and ferns as well as a green wall. Shade is provided by a weeping birch.

With thanks to The National Brewery Centre, Burton Bridge BreweryPagets Builders Merchants, Sheffield, and Keyline Hire, Rotherham.

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