Site name: Hole House Brook open space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: Most in private ownership, but small areas owned by SCC Planning & Transport

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: None, except the mowing of amenity grass area, flower bed and hedge trimming along public footpath.

Proposed management: Knotweed control and removal of non-native shrubs planted in tubs. Removal of litter and rubbish and some thinning of trees and shrubs.

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



Visual Attributes - update 2004

This strip of mixed woodland runs down from Alpine Road, down Viola Bank and Coronation Road to Manchester Road at the bottom of the hill. A well-kept path passes through the site, part of which consists of the pavement next to Coronation Road. The woodland along this road drops steeply to gardens at the bottom and is densely planted. Towards the lower (north) part of the wood the path, which is bounded by a garden wall to the east and a well-maintained hawthorn hedge to the west, changes to steps. Japanese knotweed appears to be rife on this site. This area of woodland provides a lovely setting for housing and a green link down the valley.


The dense planting and steep banking deter use of most of the woodland and the trees next to the paths may create a threatening environment for pedestrians.

Activities that the site supports at present

Paths through the site are used regularly and the woodland provides for informal play. Muddy tracks down the bank suggest that people cut down it to access the housing at the bottom. Garden waste is dumped over the fence in the wood next to Coronation Road.

Activities that could be supported in the future

Adventurous play could be encouraged on the site, exploiting the natural topography and woodland. A network of paths throughout the site would make it more accessible, possibly linking it to surrounding footpaths.







Ideas for change

This site is a special landscape feature of Stocksbridge, which has the potential for considerable improvement. As such, the Tenants' Association and other local bodies need to be consulted about what changes they would like to see.
Woodland management of the site is needed, including thinning work, and planting shrubs in the pocket park at the lower end of the site. It is suggested that access to the footpath be opened. There is a potential problem with the cherry laurel which has been recently planted, as it is a very invasive species - another shrub could be substituted. There is also a problem with another invasive species spoiling the site - Japanese knotwood needs controlling.



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


Informal bulb planting on some parts of the site


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

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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