The Garden Festivals
"The National Garden Festivals were part of the cultural regeneration of large areas of derelict land in Britain's industrial districts during the 1980s and early 1990s. Five were held in total - one every two years, each in a different city - after the idea was pushed by environment secretary Michael Heseltine in 1980. They were based on the German post-war Bundesgartenschau concept for reclaiming large areas of derelict land in cities, and cost from £25-million to £70 million each. They reclaimed the contaminated ex-sites of large industrial concerns such as steelworks." - Wikipedia
- Liverpool Garden Festival (1984)
- Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival (1986)
- Glasgow Garden Festival (1988)
- Gateshead Garden Festival (1990)
- Ebbw Vale Garden Festival (1992
Each site still remains, but unfortunately, not many of the features do. Each site has now been used for other things, just as it was planned.
- The Liverpool Garden Festival of 1984 has now become a mixture of housing and derelict sites
- The Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival of 1986 is now mostly maturing garden parkland, but has some retail and offices areas
- The Glasgow Garden Festival of 1988 is now home to the Glasgow Science Centre and a digital media village on the banks of the River Clyde.
- The Gateshead Garden Festival of 1990, it is now just a housing estate
- The Garden Festival of Wales (Ebbw Vale) of 1992 is now mostly housing in parkland and woodland (for more info, select 'The Garden Festival Now' under the "The Festival" sub-menu)