River Trent - The Staffordshire Trent
Leaving the city the river flows past Trentham Gardens. Due to effluent discharges the 5km below Stoke has the poorest water quality on the entire river.
It now adopts the character of a lowland river with dairy or sheep and cattle farming on the narrow floodplain surrounded by gently rolling hills. The river used to provide cooling water for Meaford Power Station (1947-1990) whose cooling towers were demolished in 1991. The next major settlement, Stone, the ancient capital of Mercia, was a market town famous for its brewers, Joules and Bents.
The river follows a corridor shared with the Trent and Mersey Canal and the railway. The soils between Stoke and Great Haywood are mainly gley based alluvial types overlying Triassic Sherwood Sandstone and Mercian Mudstone.
Between Aston and Burston the farmland is managed as washlands to protect more vulnerable areas downstream
The farmland is mainly used for grazing with estates at Sandon and Weston.
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