Site name: Townend playground and open space

Zone: Outer Zone

Land owner :?

Date of survey: 10-April-00

Current management: Part of the facilities of a recent housing development. Amenity mown grass. New shrub and tree planting has been carried out.

Proposed management: Introduce some wildflower meadow areas (wildflower meadows) or a Butterfly Garden area (butterfly 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 large well-kept site is situated on a slope amongst a newly built housing estate in the Townend area of Deepcar. The Rookery curves round the west edge of the site with a wooden post and rail fence boundary. There is a hard surfaced playground with a frame for two swings (which have been removed) and a slide; a tarmac path with seating niches runs the length of the site. A large sloped stretch of amenity grass lies below this path. Attractive tree and shrub beds line the perimeter of the site and provide enclosure for the playground and seating areas. Houses overlooking the area from the south are screened by a high wooden palisade fence. This new area of green space is an asset to the area and provides a very pleasant setting for the surrounding housing.

Safety

This site is overlooked on all sides by housing, so it feels very secure.


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Activities that the site supports at present

The playground offers a place for local children to play, with seating for parents. The site may also be used as a short cut.


Activities that could be supported in the future

More seating could be provided and possibly a few picnic benches. Planting could be more varied, e.g. with the establishment of a meadow. More imaginative play could also be encouraged on site.


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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Broomfield Road

Cedar Road 1

Cedar Road 2

Coal Pit Lane

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School

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Stocksbridge Infants

Stocksbridge Junior

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Townend

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Playground

Wood Royd Road

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