The Burrs Country Park
Bury Metro acquired Burrs in 1986 and since then the site has been transformed from a derelict industrial site to a modern country park. The initial phases of the reclamation concentrated on the removal of derelict areas associated with the former industrial uses. The use of interpretation, together with sympathetic hard and soft landscaping treatments has allowed the visitor to gain an insight in to the history of the site in a pleasant countryside setting. Important features such as Burrs mill chimney, the mill floor and the water wheel pit have been retained so that the history of the site can be appreciated.
Burrs is home to one of the sculpture clusters on the Irwell Sculpture Trail and has three sculptures, Waterwheel by David Kemp, Stone Cycle by Julie Edwards and Picnic Area by David Fryer. The cluster has a common theme and traces the evolution of Burrs from an industrial site to a country park.
Following the loss of Bury Ground in 2001 a purpose built agricultural show ground was constructed at Burrs as a replacement. Bury Agricultural Society stage their annual show in July and since moving to new showground at Burrs they have had record breaking attendance’s year on year despite the restrictions brought about by Foot and Mouth Disease.
Bury Metro Countryside Service is based at Burrs in one of the former cottages at Stock Street. The Service also has an operational depot in the former garage premises on Stock Street.
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