Site name: Stocksbridge United Reform Church

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: United Reform Church?

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: Amenity grass areas mown, flowerbed maintenance and some trimming of sides of leylandii hedge. Pollarding of trees to west side of church.

Proposed management: Flowers for graves (wildflowers for graves), but area limited to promote this. Continue practice of pollarding ashes.

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. Email here to volunteer to help and to send your ideas, reactions, corrections to the SVP team.




Visual Attributes - update 2004

This site is very well tended and cared for. The graveyard is situated to the east of the church and is enclosed to the north by a tall Leylandii hedge and bounded by a dry stone wall. Mown grass surrounds the gravestones, with a shrub and perennial border including cotoneaster and holly around the edges. Large trees, mainly sycamore, surround the site. Behind the graveyard, the car park is surfaced with tarmac and the church hall sits at the west end of it. A steep bank backs onto the steel works and Hole House brook runs along the north and west of the site. Species include rowan, ash, sycamore and hedge bindweed, as well as other scrub plants and some cultivated varieties of daisy and rose. To the west of the church hall there is a mown grass strip which provides a good contrast. A row of attractive pollarded ash trees lines the boundary to the west side of the church. Self-set valerian and rosebay willowherb provide a colourful display in areas around the site.


The graveyard is open, yet sheltered by the tall hedge. It is within view of passing traffic, although protected from the road by the stone wall. The car park at the back is quite enclosed, with dense planting at the rear which may lead to a slight feeling of unease, especially after dark.

Activities that the site supports at present

Church goers and visitors to functions at the church hall will walk through the space and use the car park.

Activities that could be supported in the future

The large areas of mown grass in-between the graves could be replaced by more visually interesting planting that would require minimal maintenance. (An example is the graveyard at Bolton Percy.) There is currently a lack of seating on the site.

Ideas for change

This is a well-tended site. There is some woodland at the back of the car park to the north. The Steel Valley Project has assisted with thinning the belt of these trees.
No change to the current maintenance regime is proposed.

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

Several pollarded ash trees on west side of church


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)

Nest boxes on some trees




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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