Site name: Little Don open space

Zone: Industrial Zone

Land owner: Corus engineering steels

Date of survey: 9-Mar-00

Current management: Short grass areas may be due to rabbit grazing in the past.

Proposed management: Wildflower meadow area (L1); control of coarse grasses and scrub/bramble (CM6).

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Date of Visual Survey - Aug 2004

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The ideas and possibilities outlined below are designed to help members of the local community as they think about what could happen on this site. Nothing is fixed and alternative solutions may well emerge over the coming decade - it is for the local community to decide and enable it to happen.

1.

Visual Attributes - update 2004

This site is largely comprised of a very steep wooded slope, which forms the north bank of the Little Don River. The Stocksbridge (steel works) railway line runs along the northern edge of the site, parallel to a public footpath, part of the route of the Little Don walk. A fenced off gas terminal is centrally located, surrounded by low scrub, bracken and coarse grass. The spread of this vegetation should be restricted to encourage the growth of more interesting plants and wildflowers that thrive here, due to the site's location on acidic ash.

 

Safety

This area feels quite safe as the adjacent paths are used regularly and the site, despite an industrial feel, is a very tranquil and pleasant place to walk through.

Activities that the site supports at present

The paths are well used by bikers and walkers.

2.

 

Activities that could be supported in the future

More wildflower planting could be established and an area could be provided for walkers to sit or picnic.

ideas for change

This site is next to the railway line and the footpath which runs alongside forms the wildflower route as part of the Little Don Walk. It is suggested that the scrub and bracken, and coarse grasses encroachment should be monitored, to encourage the growth of wildflowers. Interesting plants flourish here because the site is on acidic ash. Butterflies are attracted to the site.
The grass should be strimmed once a year in the Spring.


Habitat types and current uses of the site are marked in the tables below with an asterisk.

Ecology

HABITAT TYPES FOUND ON SITE

found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland

Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs

Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting

Wetlands

Amenity Flower Beds

Open Water

Amenity Hedges

Running Water

Rough Grassland

*

Cultivated/Disturbed Land

*

Acid Grassland

*

Bare Earth/Erosion

*

Marshy Grassland

Hedges

Trees Broadleaf

*

Walls

Trees Coniferous

Fences

*

Trees Mixed

Invasive Species

Scrub

Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs

*

Low Herbs and Shrubs (Native)

*

Amenity Bulb Planting

 


People

CURRENT USES

found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

FORMAL PROVISION

INFORMAL USES

Formal Pitches

Cycling

Formal Play Area

Jogging

Car Park

Walking

Seating

Shortcuts

Picnic Area

Desire Lines

*

Art Work

Motor Cycling

Dog Walking Area

Car Driving

Pavement

Car Parking

Footpath Network

Damaged Bollards/Fences

Steps

Vandalism

Cycle Paths

Graffiti

Trim Track

Litter

Litter Bins

Fly Tipping (small)

Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area

Fires

Bollards

Hanging Around

Lighting

Alcohol Drinking

Signs

Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces

Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Gas installation for steel works' supply

*

Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)

Stocksbridge SRB5 Greenspace Audit undertaken by Jim Flanagan for Sheffield Wildlife Trust - see their Community Action Handbook - full of good ideas for your local site

Manchester Road OS

Manchester Road brownfield 1

Manchester Road brownfield 2

Little Don allotments

Little Don OS

Station Road OS

More Hall Tip

 

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- latest update 16/06/08