- Apedale Community Country Park
Apedale Community Country Park is a large public open space in the borough of
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. What makes the park unusual in the area is its previous incarnation as an opencast mine.
The area has a long history of mining, with the nearby former collieries at Silverdale and
Holditchalso having being redeveloped for other uses.
The park is considered by administration as a form of compensation to the residents of the area for the large amount of development that has taken place over recent years. The shallow mine at Holditch was redeveloped into a
business parkand industrial estate, which led to significant capital gains for Staffordshire County Council. The amelioration of the park was part paid for out of these receipts.
Within the park is the Apedale Heritage Centre & adjoining it the
Moseley Railway Trustare currently constructing the first phase of a narrow gauge railway extending further into the parkland.
* [http://www.mrt.org.uk/ "Moseley Railway Trust"]
* [http://www.apedale.heritage.cwc.net/ "Apedale Heritage Centre"]
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