Site name: Stocksbridge Clock Tower Memorial Gardens

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Leisure Services

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: As a formal park. Amenity grass, flowerbeds & shrub borders managed.

Proposed management: Re-route footpath to gap in wall west of clock tower and continue west to join dead end path and to continue to west entrance. More variety in shrubs and experimental areas for wildflower meadows, with poppy in seed mix. Improved borders to path and possible stone-made raised beds set in to slope with innovative planting scheme.

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 maintained formal public park runs along the sloping bank between Manchester Road and Nanny Hill and mainly comprises mown amenity grass with flower beds and shrub borders. A dense band of rhododendrons lines the southern edge in front of a low stone wall, next to the pavement of Nanny Hill. The Clock Tower, situated towards the top of the hill on the edge of the site, interrupts this rhododendron border. A narrow platform, accessible from the road via a small gate, surrounds its base and provides a good view of the park and beyond. This is surrounded by a large shrub bed of holly, variegated laurel, roses and hydrangea. The eastern boundary also consists of rhododendron planting, which grows beneath a belt of trees, including cherry, rowan, elder and willow. There is also a limited number of individual trees planted throughout the park. Circulation through the site is provided by undulating tarmac paths (with a few benches at points along them) and there are three entrances into the park, one at the top, southeast corner, one with stone steps at the northwest corner by a bus stop, and the last to the east of the boundary off Manchester Road. This wide, stepped entrance is flanked by two areas of mixed shrubs, including berberis and ivy.






The site feels safe as it is well maintained with clear sightlines and is within view from the main road.  Paths are open, away from the dense shrub planting.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site is used to walk through and sit in.


Activities that could be supported in the future

Planting could be improved by varying the types of shrubs used in the borders and by adding more trees. More experimental planting (e.g. meadow) could replace the formal blocks of bedding plants.

Ideas for change

This site has been managed as a traditional urban park. Any future changes need to maintain the view of the Clock Tower.
In the long term it is suggested that an arboretum could be created to commemorate local people, including those who have made an important contribution to Stocksbridge.
Meanwhile, continuation of planting up in the mown areas without beds, for example, with copper beech, could be considered.

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

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

Small outhouse by wall near south east entrance


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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