National Garden Festival
The National Garden Festivals were part of the cultural regeneration of large areas of derelict land during the 1980s and early 1990s. Five were held in total - one every two years, each in a different town or city - after the idea was pushed by the Conservative environment secretary Michael Heseltine in 1980.Liverpool 1984. Now a mix of housing, derelict sites (some intended for house building as of 2013), and a section of parkland renovated to restore public access in the early 2010s.
Stoke 1986. Now mostly maturing garden parkland, with some retail and offices.
Glasgow 1988. Now a Science Centre and a digital media village on the banks of the Clyde
Gateshead, 1990. Now a housing estate.
Ebbw Vale 1992. Now mostly housing, in parkland and woodland.
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