Trentham 20

Join us in celebrating Trentham’s 20th anniversary as we embark on new projects and honour our legacy.

Discover the plans to revisit the Italian Gardens with Tom Stuart-Smith, and how we're working with David Austin Roses to introduce a whole new rose border. Participate in the '20 Years, 20 Prizes' competition, and don’t miss the inspiring stories from the community in 'Our Trentham'.

Find out more below!

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Emergency Services Community Day with Dougie Mac

Join us in celebrating Trentham’s 20th anniversary at our Emergency Services Community Day! On Saturday, 18 May, from 10am to 5pm, Trentham opens its doors for a free day of appreciation and community spirit. Enjoy a packed schedule of live entertainment, activities for all ages, and explore the stunning Trentham Gardens at no cost. Celebrate with us and make it a day to remember!

Due to unprecedented demand online tickets for this event are sold out. Limited tickets are remaining available from the gardens entrance on site.

Gardens Revisited

Starting in the summer, we will embark on this transformative project in partnership with renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, revisitng his original Italian Gardens design. The gardens will be rejuvenated in stages, allowing us to carefully develop different areas of the beds as we progress. This phased approach ensures that the gardens can recover and renew effectively, embracing both horticultural and social benefits.

As we face a changing climate and new challenges for our plants and gardens, our 20 years of experience since the development of the Italian Gardens guides us. This initiative will allow us to renew this central focal point of the gardens, ensuring its longevity for future generations.

Stuart-Smith’s visionary designs will honour the gardens rich heritage while introducing fresh, innovative elements, creating a dynamic landscape where every visit will offer new discoveries. His expert touch will enhance the natural beauty of each season, turning every pathway and vista into a living masterpiece.

The New David Austin Rose Border

This renovation will revitalise our beloved rose border with a curated selection of blooms that promise a multi-sensory experience. Each variety will be chosen for its unique beauty, resilience, and ability to thrive, ensuring the garden becomes a beacon of sustainability and horticultural excellence. As the largest David Austin border outside of their Shropshire home, the new layout will invite visitors to meander through an intoxicating mix of colours and fragrances, providing a tranquil retreat that celebrates the timeless allure of roses.

Work has already begun on this exciting project: the existing rose plantings have been removed, and the team has started excavating the bed to create a solid foundation for the new border, which will be installed later this year.We will be providing updates as this exciting collaboration progresses, with planting set to commence later this year.

 

20 Years, 20 Prizes

As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, Trentham is delighted to launch the ’20 Years, 20 Prizes’ competition, a special way to thank our visitors for two decades of cherished memories. This exciting contest will be launched at our Emergency Services Community Day on Saturday, 18 May, and offers you the opportunity to win one of twenty unique prizes, each thoughtfully designed to enhance your experience of Trentham.

Prizes include exclusive items such as a signed sculpture by Jacky Zegers from Glazed Art, brunch for two at The Crepe & Waffle House, VIP tickets to Trentham Live, a £20 gift voucher for One More Bear and a Wire Sculpture by Fantasywire Build Your Own Fairy Set from Trentham’s Fairy Artist Robin Wight. You could also win a family day ticket to Trentham Monkey Forest, a £20 gift voucher for Trentham’s Cadwaladers, a luxury hamper from Trentham Cheese & Wine Shop, breakfast for 2 at PAU Café, meal for 2 at Trentham’s Pieminister or Rotisserie, a tea set from Whittard Of Chelsea, tickets to Trentham Summer Concerts, a Saturday Night Beaver Safari experience and more!

Details on how to enter and win will be available on our website, giving everyone a chance to create new memories at Trentham.

Our Trentham: The Stories That Weave Our Community

‘Our Trentham’ is a heartfelt campaign that shines a spotlight on the individuals who form the backbone of Trentham. This series will feature the diverse voices of our community—gardeners, volunteers, lifelong members, staff, and more—sharing their personal connections and contributions to Trentham.

Through engaging profiles, video interviews and portraits we explore what Trentham means to the people who work, rest, reflect and play here. By celebrating these personal stories, we highlight the collective spirit and special connections that have weaved through Trentham on its remarkable twenty-year journey. Stay tuned as we bring ‘Our Trentham’ to you!