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26 March 2014

Wishes at Trentham Gardens

A new fairy has landed at The Trentham Estate, in Stoke-on-Trent, in time for Mother’s Day.

Wishes is more than the latest addition to Trentham’s hugely popular Fairy Trail around the gardens: she is also a timely reminder of The Trentham Estate’s 10th birthday - and a symbol of helping to make everyone’s wishes come true.

Unlike the other fairies on the trail, Wishes is a full 1.5-metres tall, life-sized fairy queen, mounted on a special plinth, to help mark a decade of growth at The Trentham Estate, with the words “Wishes do come true…” on one side, and “2004-2014” on the other.

Seen holding a dandelion clock, it marks the passing of time and how the wish of St. Modwen Properties PLC’s founder, Sir Stanley Clarke - to regenerate the famous Staffordshire Estate - has come true in such spectacular style.

Owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, the 725-acre estate was falling into a state of despair and decay at the end of the last century when St. Modwen stepped-in to revive the sleeping giant.

Subsequently re-opened to the public in May 2004, along with a lifestyle Garden Centre and Shopping Village, its flagship attraction is nevertheless Trentham Gardens that have, in just 10 years, muscled their way into the top five most popular garden attractions in the UK (and the fourth most visited paid entry garden in the country).

As recently as March 8th this year, The Daily Telegraph ran a cover feature in its gardening section calling the project “ The Makeover of the Decade“.

Wishes enjoys a commanding position on the edge of the Italian Gardens overlooking the lake.

First introduced in 2012, the Fairies at Trentham Trail has expanded over the years, and has delighted visitors of all ages - from young families who go in search of fourteen beautifully crafted fairies, through to adults and keen photographers who are able to admire the skill of local artist and creator, Robin Wight.

Wishes appeared almost silently in the week leading-up to Mother’s Day, and will also take centre stage in the 10th birthday celebrations on Thursday, May 29th.


For all media information, photo-opportunities and images, please contact:

Amanda Dawson    Tel: 01782 657341  E-mail:


Any media wanting to find out more about the new fairy statue, and The Trentham Estate’s plans for its 10th birthday celebrations is invited to plan a visit to Trentham by contacting Amanda Dawson, to arrange a time for interviews and/or photographs.

Notes to editors:

The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.

It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3m visitors per year and was Highly Commended by VisitEngland in the Large Visitor Attraction category in their Awards for Excellence 2012. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate welcomed 430,000 paying visitors in 2013 - making them one of the most visited Gardens in the UK.  Owned by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate - which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland - has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. It boasts the famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake; the Trentham Garden Centre and Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries; Trentham Monkey Forest - home to 140 endangered Barbary macaques; Aerial Extreme, an exhilarating treetop high rope adventure course, and a 119 bedroom Premier Inn hotel.

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