Site name: Bowling green, off Manchester Rd, north side

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: ?

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: Bowling green and adjacent open space disused.

Proposed management: Disused plot as a vegetable garden (edible plants) with lavender hedge (lavender hedges), wall climbers (wall climbers), herb spirals (herb spirals) or butterfly garden butterfly gardens) & pond construction (pond restoration/building).

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
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Visual Attributes - update 2004
The locked entrance to this highly manicured bowling green, tucked behind shops and housing on Manchester Road, is unmarked and difficult to find on first visit.  The mown green is overlooked by the houses to the south and the steelworks to the north.  A wooden pavilion sits on the southwest corner and several benches also face the site along the south and west side of the green. A beech hedge partially bounds the site and a raised shrub and rockery bed divides it from the housing. There is also an untended area to the east of the site, which is overgrown with bindweed, although not unattractive.

The site feels safe, with a locked entrance and open aspect.

Activities that could be supported in the future
Planting could be improved, as the current border to the south edge is rather dull and not an asset to the site. The overgrown area could also be dug over and replanted with less invasive species.


Ideas for change
A hedge has been planted since 2002 with the help of the Steel Valley Project.
There is a disused allotment to the east of the bowling green - it is suggested that the owner be asked what they want to do with it in the future.


The charts below have a colour next the description if anything in the list, which was used to identify the whole range of possibilities for Stocksbridge, occurs on this site.



found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland


Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs


Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting


Amenity Flower Beds

Open Water

Amenity Hedges


Running Water

Rough Grassland


Cultivated/Disturbed Land

Acid Grassland

Bare Earth/Erosion

Marshy Grassland


Trees Broadleaf



Trees Coniferous


Trees Mixed

Invasive Species


Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs


Raised beds supporting garden plants & rockery on south side


Low Herbs and Shrubs (Native)

Amenity Bulb Planting





found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012



Formal Pitches


Formal Play Area


Car Park





Picnic Area


Desire Lines

Art Work

Motor Cycling

Dog Walking Area

Car Driving



Car Parking

Footpath Network

Damaged Bollards/Fences



Cycle Paths


Trim Track

Litter (small)


Litter Bins

Fly Tipping

Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area



Hanging Around


Alcohol Drinking


Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces


Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Bowling Green & Pavilion


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

Ash Lane/ New Road

Ash Lane / New Street

Belmont Drive 1

Belmont Drive 2

Bocking Hill

Bowling green

Carr Head


Don Field

East & West Cres.

Edward Street 1

Edward Street 2

Edward Street 3

Gibson Lane


Haywood Lane

Hole House Brook

Manchester Rd 1

Manchester Rd 2

Manchester Rd 3

Manchester Rd 4

Manchester Rd 5

Manchester Rd 6

Manchester Rd/Newton Ave

Newton Ave/Churchill Rd

Pearson Street

Peggy Tub

Pot House Wood

Quarry Hill

Ridal Croft

Ridal Close

Rundle Road

Smith Road

Smithy Moor

Stocksbridge Clock Tower

Stocksbridge Fire Station

Stocksbridge Methodist Church

Stocksbridge United Reform Church

St John

Webb Avenue

Wilson Road

Wood Willows

Wortley Road

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