Site name: Beechwood Road

Zone: Outer Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 15 March 2000

Current management: Amenity grass area mown. Hard surface with playground facilities.

Proposed management: Landscape improvements (wildflower bulb planting,tree & shrub planting,lavender hedges,butterfly gardens). Improvements in play equipment (play equipment). Repair of fence boundary on north side (or replacement with shrubs).

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 poorly-equipped playground in the middle of housing is situated on the corner of Lilac Avenue and Beechwood Road. The flat area of patched tarmac is bounded to the south by a slightly sloped area of amenity grass, with a telephone box and bin at the top. A metal fence prevents children from running onto Beechwood Road, although one segment of it has been damaged by vandalism. A leylandii hedge borders the eastern edge and a beech hedge lines the site to the north. An area of mown grass with a 'No Ball Games' sign discouraging its use, lies in front of this beech hedge. The site, though not an eyesore, is dull and could be greatly improved.

Ideas for change

The fence to the north needs securing.
A shrub hedge could be planted to the north and north east of he site, as well as shrubs around or at the edge of existing trees.
It is suggested that the mowing regime be reduced to a standard one metre either side of the footpaths; an area that could remain unmown could be identified.
The triangular area to the south west of the site could benefit from some tree planting for shade and an L shaped bench, to overlook the playground.


The site feels safe, as it is overlooked by housing and has an open aspect.

Activities that the site supports at present

Children do play on the swings, though the monkey bars are rarely used.  Generally the site is underused.






Activities that could be supported in the future

The unimaginative play equipment could be supplemented with new and alternative play options. Mown grass surrounding the site could be minimised and some could be left unmown and sown with meadow-type plants.

5. Summer View of playground 

6. Grass bank by telephone box

7. Steep banks - 1

8. Steep banks and damaged fence

Habitat types and current uses of the site are marked in the tables below with an asterisk.



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

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