Site name: St John the Evangelist Parish Church open space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: Church of England diocese of Sheffield

Date of survey: 1-Mar-00

Current management: Amenity grass area mown, flowerbeds maintained. Hedgerows on east side trimmed. Some tree planting has taken place.

Proposed management: Open space at rear of church is now focus of either a small building development, or drainage or other utility works.

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 well-kept churchyard on Manchester Road has mown amenity grass areas surrounding a tarmac surface in front of the church entrance. Large shrubs grow to the east of the facade and include holly, elder, rhododendron and laurel. An area of unmown grass sits on a lower level between these shrubs and the main road to the north. 

The site lies on a slope and a concrete path runs down its length from Carr Road along a narrow strip of mown grass bounded by a clipped hedge to one side and a stone wall to the other; then the path runs down the east edge of the site past a hummock of long grass with a mown edge and a fenced off area of neat mown grass. A narrow path leading from housing on St. John’s Road passes between these two areas of grass to meet the main path. This then rounds the corner of the church to the entrance driveway and car park where the slope steepens down to Manchester Road. 

There are several flower beds on site, the largest of which is positioned against the east wall of the church and contains fuchsia, nasturtiums, sedum, roses and a gorse bush. 





The site feels safe as it is open with good sightlines through it and it is situated near a busy main road.

Activities that the site supports at present

The paths are used as through routes and the area of amenity grass behind the church is sometimes used by children playing ball games. The areas of unmown grass at the top of the site and by the road support wildlife.

Activities that could be supported in the future

The areas of unmown grass could be supplemented with flowering meadow species (e.g. poppies, oxeye daisies) to increase their aesthetic appeal and make them look more intentional. The areas of amenity grass could be improved with more interesting planting and seating.

Ideas for change

Some improvements have been made to this site recently: the Steel Valley Project was approached to remove some trees at the front (north side). There has also been some planting of gorse and broom along the developed area to the rear of the church, to secure the slope of the bank.

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 Bins

Fly Tipping (small)

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

Possible old air raid shelter on grass area, rear of church


Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)

Mound of rubble in south west corner




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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