Site name: Newton Avenue/Churchill Road brownfield site

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: ?

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: None

Proposed management: Housing site that could be managed for wildlife on a temporary basis - wildflower meadow could be developed on southern part. Some bramble control required.


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 brownfield site appears abandoned, yet plants here provide visual interest and include rose bay willow herb, hedge bindweed, poppies, thistles and self-set garden plants. On the northern boundary, mature hawthorn trees, a sycamore and a horse chestnut partially enclose the site and screen the steelworks from view. The land on this side, covered in dense bracken, then drops steeply down to Smithy Moor Avenue. Churchill Road is situated on the southern edge of the site, with housing above it.


As the site is open and overlooked by surrounding houses, it would probably feel quite safe to enter and use. There are also good views from, into and through the site.


Activities that the site supports at present

The site is very overgrown, so it is not used except for the dumping of garden waste and litter. When the bracken is lower, the site is used as a short cut from Newton Avenue to Smithy Moor.Activities that could be supported in the futureThe diversity of birds and insects already found on site could be increased with new planting and management of dominant species. The site could provide a play area and a seating/communal picnic area for local residents. Paths could also be created to give access down to Smithy Moor Avenue from Churchill Road.


Ideas for change

This site is positioned adjacent to housing with gardens. A lot of work is needed to improve access to nature and access for people to the site.
It is suggested that the boundary to the south east be secured with posting and a fence, allowing access points.
Shrubs and trees could be planted and paths cleared.

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


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 (garden rubbish)


Dog Waste Bins


Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area





Hanging Around

Lighting (Street)


Alcohol Drinking



Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs


Dog Mess


Hard Surfaces


Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)


Sun Bathing


Informal Play (state)


Children use a birch tree for a rope swing



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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Manchester Rd 1

Manchester Rd 2

Manchester Rd 3

Manchester Rd 4

Manchester Rd 5

Manchester Rd 6

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Ridal Croft

Ridal Close

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Stocksbridge Methodist Church

Stocksbridge United Reform Church

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