Site name: Don Field open space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: Amenity grass area mown.

Proposed management: As a community park with some wet wildflower meadow areas, lines of trees developed into hedges on east side and improved play facilities. A good location for outdoor events.

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.Use the email button at the bottom right to volunteer to help and also to send additional information and ideas for specific sites

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Visual Attributes - update 2004

This site is largely comprised of mown amenity grass, with the Little Don River forming the curved northern boundary, lined by trees, and the back gardens of adjoining houses constituting the southern boundary. This south edge has a scalloped margin of unmown grass and scrub separating the amenity grassland from the gardens and providing habitat for wildlife. A public footpath runs through the middle of this large site from Mill Lane on the east side. A set of four swings sit on a rectangle of tarmac near this entrance.

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Safety

This area feels quite safe, as the footpath is used regularly and the site is a very tranquil and a pleasant place to walk through, being by the river and surrounded by trees.

Activities that the site supports at present

The public right of way is well used by bikers and walkers. The field is used regularly for summer events, such as galas and fun fairs.

 

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Activities that could be supported in the future

Some wildflower planting could be established in the margin of unmown grass and an area could be provided for walkers to sit or picnic.

 

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Ideas for change

This is a well-used site with a public footpath running through which forms part of the Little Don Walk. The grassland is used periodically for fairs. This large site has potential for a wider range of use and this should be explored with Leisure Services.
Meanwhile, it is suggested that rubbish be cleared from the 'neck' of the site to the south west and the footpath be opened out. Some trees could be thinned.
More shrubs and wildflowers could be planted to enhance the visual quality of the site; some planting could be done on the bank of rough grassland on the south side.


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.

Ecology

HABITAT TYPES FOUND ON SITE

found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland

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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

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Jogging

Car Park

Walking

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Seating

Shortcuts

Picnic Area

Desire Lines

Art Work

Motor Cycling

Dog Walking Area

*

Car Driving

Pavement

Car Parking

Footpath Network (Public Footpath no. 53)

*

Damaged Bollards/Fences

Steps

Vandalism

Cycle Paths

Graffiti

Trim Track

Litter

Litter Bins

Fly Tipping (small)

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Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area

Fires

Bollards

Hanging Around

Lighting

Alcohol Drinking

Signs (Public Footpath)

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Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

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Hard Surfaces

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Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

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

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