Site name: Wortley Road allotment site

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: As a vegetable allotment

Proposed management: Small allotment, pretty well used, with few vacant plots available. South facing slope.

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 semi-private site is situated along a stretch of land between Truman Grove housing and the Little Don River. A row of houses to the north side faces into the site and a tarmac path runs in front of this, allowing pedestrian only access. A fairly shabby strip of grass, contrasting with the highly maintained flowerbeds next to the houses, is situated along the entire length of the site on the riverbank slope. Below this are individual plots of land, which back onto the river and which are all different in style and/or function. They include a vegetable garden, a plot with a manicured lawn and bedding plants, a naturalistic flower bed overflowing with verbena and lavender, a chicken shed with run and one abandoned plot, overgrown with tall grass.   All are of high visual appeal and provide an interesting view for the residents of houses overlooking the site. Trees, including sycamore, ash and willow surround all sides of the site except to the east, which is bounded by Wortley Road.


The site feels safe as it has an open yet secure position. It is situated near a busy main road (Wortley Road) and is overlooked by housing.   

Activities that the site supports at present

The site supports activities of the allotment holders, including keeping chickens and growing vegetables and flowers.


Activities that could be supported in the future

The area of unmanaged grass could be improved by regular mowing, or replaced by further allotments or a garden for the residents. Outdoor communal seating could also be provided here.

Ideas for change

This is a well-used allotment site, well maintained by the users. No new proposals for change are suggested at this stage.

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



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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