Site name: Smith Road open spaces

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: ?

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: Mown amenity grass

Proposed management: Re-locate bin away from seat. Some tree or shrub planting. Create bed along wall on east space for shrubs & flowers. Lavender hedges?

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 site, which has little aesthetic value, consists of two triangular shaped islands of mown amenity grass, bounded by streets. Smith Road segregates the two areas; the lower one to the north slopes down, and the other, to the southern side, lies flat. A large ash tree and hawthorn bushes line the east edge of the lower triangle, with an informal rubble footpath running in front of them. A bin, bench and  post box face onto Smith Road on the south edge. The top triangle does not contain any notable features other than a footpath which runs across its middle, and a concrete foundation for seats on the west side.



The site is fairly safe, with plenty of surveillance provided by surrounding houses and passing vehicles and pedestrians. Park Drive which runs along the west of the site is quite a busy through road, however, and may be a danger to children playing there.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site is only used to walk across. The bench is used rarely as there is a poor view from it.




Activities that could be supported in the future

The amount of amenity grass could be reduced, replacing it with other less-maintenance intensive (and much more aesthetically pleasing) plants. The position of the bench could be re-sited, possibly in front of the hawthorns.


Ideas for change

It is suggested that the mowing area be reduced, mowing only the edges of the site. Shrubs and trees could be planted up within the inner area of the site and a hedge could be planted to complement existing planting. Tree surgery to be carried out where necessary.
It is also suggested that the footpath be surfaced to urban specifications (tarmac), so that it can be adopted.

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

Royal Mail safe box


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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