Site name: Rundle Road playground and open space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 28-Feb-00

Current management: Amenity grass areas are mown

Proposed management: Play equipment improvements (play equipment). Bulb planting (wildflower bulb planting). Tree & shrub planting (tree & shrub planting). Butterfly garden or orchard (butterfly gardens, community orchards). Some seating?

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.


Visual Attributes - update 2004

This playground, surrounded by housing, is bounded by a dry stone wall to the south, west and east, and a concrete post and wire fence to the north. Two old sets of swings and a slide on patched tarmac have been supplemented with a new multiple-activity set which stands on its own rubber surface. However, the swings seem to be the more popular choice for children. This hard flat area is surrounded by mown grass, which forms a bank to the south and a wide strip to the east which is unused, probably due to the prominent ‘No Ball Games’ sign.


Its open aspect, enclosed boundary and the fact that it is overlooked by housing, make it an ideal place for a children’s playground. The rutted tarmac surface is a tripping hazard, however, and the lack of lighting prevents use after dark.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site provides play for children ranging from around 5-12 years’ old. The grass is used for sitting.


Activities that could be supported in the future (but note comment in Ideas for change)

More informal and imaginative play could be encouraged on the site, offering an alternative to the current formal play equipment. Older and younger children might also be wish to use this site. Currently there is no seating for parents. More interesting tree, shrub and/or perennial planting could replace some of the grass.

Ideas for change
The users have been consulted since 2002 about planting hedgerows and stands of trees on the outer perimeter of the site. No further changes are suggested at present.

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 (e.g. swings)



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

Signs ('No Ball Games')


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

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Ash Lane / New Street

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Belmont Drive 2

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Don Field

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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

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Stocksbridge Fire Station

Stocksbridge Methodist Church

Stocksbridge United Reform Church

St John

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Wilson Road

Wood Willows

Wortley Road

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