The Trentham Estate
With a history that spans over 1,000 years, Trentham has had many different faces, influences and challenges.
From a humble sheep farm and Capability Brown’s pioneering landscape redesign, to Charles Barry’s Italianate flower gardens and a thirty-lane golf driving range – each era has contributed its own vision for the estate.
Sold in 1979, the estate fell into serious decline and disrepair, changing ownership twice until we bought all 725 acres from British Coal in 1996.
We set about rescuing the historical grounds for the people of Staffordshire – and all over the UK – to enjoy together once more.
Our £100 million transformation has brought listed buildings back to life, reinstated the extensive flower gardens and restored historic parkland, where we have planted 10,000 native trees. We’ve carved a maze, created a magical fairy trail, designed a unique barefoot walk (a UK first), built a miniature railway and set sail on a 42-seat battery-operated catamaran called Miss Elizabeth. And that’s not including the two pleasure gardens, a hectic activity schedule and a brand-new shopping centre and hotel.
After a tumultuous and uncertain past, the Trentham Estate is now an award-winning national visitor attraction, welcoming over three million visitors per year – a 500% increase since 2008.
It’s estimated that 1,000 jobs will have been generated when the scheme is complete, further accelerating the region’s economy. We feel very proud to have put this British masterpiece back on the map and to have protected its magnificent beauty for many future generations to enjoy.