Site name: Stocksbridge Fire Station open space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC land (sold or vested)

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: Not frequently cut and, therefore, a good sward develops in summer. Hedges trimmed.

Proposed management: Maintain wildflower sward and hedge management.

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

Short mown grass with mature trees wrap round the fire station and car park. A neat clipped hawthorn hedge bounds the south and west edge of the site and a wooden fence to the east separates it from the grounds of Newton Grange nursing home. Manchester Road runs along the north side of the site. Although well maintained, the space is somewhat lacking in visual interest.

Safety

The regular passing of traffic and pedestrians provides surveillance of the site, although the busy road and passing through of high speed emergency vehicles would be a hazard.

Activities that the site supports at present

The greenspace around the fire station is currently unused as it is authority owned and is assumed to be inaccessible to the public.

 

Activities that could be supported in the future

Due to the nature of the site, it is unlikely that people other than those working there can enter and use it. A more visually appealing planting scheme could be introduced to replace some of the mown grass and outdoor seating could also be provided.

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Ideas for change

It is suggested that the daffodil planting that has already been done around the entrances should be enhanced by more planting of ornamental bulbs. The hedge should be monitored for becoming 'leggy'.
Note: The large trees down the south side of the site need preserving.


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

Amenity Shrubs

Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting

Wetlands

Amenity Flower Beds

Open Water

Amenity Hedges

Running Water

Rough Grassland

Cultivated/Disturbed Land

Acid Grassland

Bare Earth/Erosion

Marshy Grassland

Hedges

*

Trees Broadleaf

*

Walls

Trees Coniferous

Fences

*

Trees Mixed

Invasive Species

Scrub

Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs

Low Herbs and Shrubs (Native)

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

Damaged Bollards/Fences

Steps

Vandalism

Cycle Paths

Graffiti

Trim Track

Litter (small)

Litter Bins

Fly Tipping

Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area

Fires

Bollards

Hanging Around

Lighting

Alcohol Drinking

Signs

Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces

Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)

Skip on grassland area

*

 

 

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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