Site name: Quarry Hill

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: None, apart from vegetation clearance of public footpath.

Proposed management: Control of rhododendron and bracken. Encourage re-colonisation by heather/gorse. Some shrubs and sapling removal.

SK265339820

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.

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Visual Attributes - update 2004

This area of land stretches down the hillside on the site of a former quarry, which is now densely vegetated with trees, shrubs and scrub. A bungalow with garden is concealed fairly centrally within this vegetation. Rhododendrons have taken over a large area on the lower part of this site and require monitoring. Wood Royd Road and Haywood Lane bound the south and north edges of the site respectively. A public footpath, almost impassable at the top (near Wood Royd Road) due to overgrown vegetation and mud, runs down the eastern boundary opening out to wood-edged steps towards the bottom. The area of land just above Haywood Lane is free from trees and consists mainly of rosebay willowherb, brambles and grass. A slight interruption in the vegetation parallel to this road suggests a trace of a former track or path leading to the houses further up Haywood Lane.

 

Safety

The overgrown, enclosed footpath feels unsafe to walk along (tripping hazard and potential hiding place), with vegetation almost covering the path in certain spots

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Activities that the site supports at present

The site is used for the tipping of garden waste. Broken ropes tied to the branches of a large sycamore suggest that a swing was once used here. A local resident stated that the path was rarely used, due to its poor state.

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Activities that could be supported in the future

The rapid growth of rhododendron and Japanese knotweed on site needs managing and vegetation could be cleared around the path to encourage its use. A bench could be provided as a resting spot halfway up this steep path. Trees on the rest of the site could be thinned and pockets of space created for informal play.


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

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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

*

Trees Coniferous

Fences

Trees Mixed

Invasive Species

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Scrub

*

Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs

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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 (Public Footpath no. 60)

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Damaged Bollards/Fences

Steps

Vandalism

Cycle Paths

Graffiti

Trim Track

Litter

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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 (for public footpath)

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Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces

Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)

Dumping of garden rubbish

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Raw sewage from nearby property flushed onto footpath

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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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