Site name: Birch Tree Road

Zone: Outer Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 28 February 2000

Current management: None, although a local resident mentioned various attempts at improvements (wildlife garden) in the past.

Proposed management: Landscape improvements (wildflower meadows,wildflower bulb planting,wall climbers,tree & shrub planting,edible plants,herb spirals, butterfly gardens and or community orchards). Could use as a Pocket park pocket parks) or Community Garden (community gardens).

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

This area of rough unmanaged scrub is totally enclosed by houses with back gardens and an assortment of hedges and fences lining its boundary. There are no paths or desire lines through the site as there is only one access point, which is in the southwest corner. Its only use, evident from the trampled grass and dog mess, appears to be dog walking.


Safety

The site feels secure as it is enclosed with only one access point and is overlooked by housing; however, its apparent neglect makes it feel a little hostile.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site is used to walk dogs and dump garden waste.

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Activities that could be supported in the future

This large enclosed area has a lot of potential for community use. A vegetable plot or communal garden could be created for use by the local residents. Much of the scrub could be replaced with more interesting herbaceous planting, shrubs and trees, and a seating or play area could be made. Another entrance could be provided, allowing access from the other side of the site.


Ideas for change


This is an unattractive site in visual terms, with damaged fencing near the houses to the south east. The local community should be asked to consider what they might like to see as a change for the better here.

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

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)

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


Armitage Road

Beechwood Road

Birch Tree Road

Bracken Moor

Broomfield Lane

Broomfield Road

Cedar Road 1

Cedar Road 2

Coal Pit Lane

Glebelands/
Kenworthy Road

Glebelands Road

Green Street

Haywood Ave.

Heath/Fox Glen

Helliwell Court

Hollin Busk Lane

Pen Nook

The Royd

Royd/St Johns
School

Spink Hall

Stocksbridge High

Stocksbridge Infants

Stocksbridge Junior

Stone Moor Road

Stubbin Centre

Townend

Whitwell Lane

Wood Royd
Playground

Wood Royd Road

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