Site name: Manchester Road (north side) brownfield site no. 2

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Leisure Services

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: None

Proposed management: Remove rubbish and rhododendrom control, outside rook breeding season.

IZ-GA26

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

This brownfield site on the north side of Manchester Road comprises dense shrubbery, scrub and tree planting. Species include willow, cotoneaster, beech, ash, elder and lots of sycamore trees, with an under story of rhododendron and a ground layer of mainly brambles and nettles. The site is situated on a steep slope dropping down from the stone wall which forms the southern boundary alongside the pavement by Manchester Road. The Little Don River flows along the northern edge of the site and Manchester Road brownfield site no. 1 is located to the west.

Safety

The impenetrable vegetation and dangerous topography ensure that the site is not entered.

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Activities that the site supports at present
The site does not support any human activity, although it provides an undisturbed habitat for wildlife.

Activities that could be supported in the future
Trees could be thinned to open up a view to the river. Brambles and rhododendrons could be cleared and replaced by less aggressive ground cover plants, or a mix of woodland ground flora. The length of the site would support a riverside walk, possibly linking to the ‘Little Don Walk’.


Ideas for change

In the long term, there may be potential for providing a riverside walk along this site. Meanwhile, it is suggested that the woodland be upgraded by planting trees. There needs to be rhododendron control by the river's edge and the rubbish needs disposing.
The Council has carried out tree surgery on dangerous and overhanging branches.
Note: There are a lot of rookeries in the trees.


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

Mosses and Bryophytes

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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

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Marshy Grassland

Hedges

Trees Broadleaf

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Walls

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Trees Coniferous

Fences

Trees Mixed

Invasive Species

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Scrub

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Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs

Low Herbs and Shrubs (Native)

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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 (small)

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Litter Bins

Fly Tipping

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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

Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)

Mature trees host a major rookery

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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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