Site name: Bracken Moor allotment site

Zone: Outer Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 29 February 2000

Current management: Allotments - some vacant plots

Proposed management: Landscape improvements (edible plants,herb spirals,butterfly gardens,lavender hedges), and/or central communal garden area with seating, beds, pergolas etc.

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.

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Visual Attributes - update 2004

These allotments are well protected from the weather (and vandalism), bounded to the east by Bracken Moor playing fields, screened off by a tall hawthorn hedge, and enclosed on the other three sides by housing. The allotments are well kept and regularly occupied with only a couple of unused, overgrown plots. There is a very attractive (and productive) community garden on site which grows many vegetables, fruit and flowers. A wide grassy track runs around the edge and through the middle of the site, allowing vehicle as well as pedestrian access to the plots via a padlocked entrance.  The only other way of entering the site is through the private gardens of surrounding houses.


Safety

The site is enclosed and surrounded by housing, so it feels very secure and safe to enter and use. 

Activities the site supports at present

The site is used for growing fruit, vegetables and other plants. 

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3.

Activities that could be supported in the future

The unused plots could be advertised.  Communal seating could be provided on site for allotment holders. Temporary fencing could be replaced with a more attractive permanent barrier, such as a wooden post and rail.

4. and 5.

Ideas for change

The Community Gardening Group is heavily involved in the maintenance of these allotments. It is suggested that the allotment holders should meet and discuss what improvements they would like to see here.
Current gaps in the hedge on the east side of the site could be planted up; it could become a mixed hedge.
The paths are already wheelchair usable and raised beds are accessible, but are there other suggestions that might be adopted to help people with disabilities?


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


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Stocksbridge Infants

Stocksbridge Junior

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Stubbin Centre

Townend

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Playground

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