Site name: Stocksbridge Methodist Church open space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: Methodist Church?

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: Grass area roughly mown, otherwise very little.

Proposed management: Re-seed grass area with wildflower meadow seed mix. Develop butterfly garden in north corner?

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 triangular section of sloping land to the west side of the church is comprised of woodland, with a bramble and nettle ground layer. Japanese knotweed is also found here. A deeply rutted track passes along the southern boundary and a wooden gate provides access into the site at the top of this track. The woodland backs onto the steel works and Stocksbridge Railway line runs past the north edge of the site. Tree species include holly, sycamore, goat willow, and rowan. A driveway accessing Wesley Hall runs down the east side of the church building and an attractive herbaceous flower bed, with plants such as sedum, tree mallow, and geranium, is situated between this drive and the church.


The overgrown, impenetrable vegetation deters access into the site. It is partly overlooked by houses which provide some surveillance.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site does not support any human activity, although it provides an undisturbed habitat for wildlife.

Activities that could be supported in the future

The vegetation could be cleared and an outdoor seating area could be provided for visitors to the church. The space is large enough to support church events, such as a fete or outdoor concert.



Ideas for change
This site, which is adjacent to a public footpath, could be improved. Explore with the Methodist Church and the local community ways in which they might be supported to change this site for the better.

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 (Public Footpath no. 13 on west boundary)


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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