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Site name: Armitage Road open space

Zone: Outer Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 9 March 2000

Current management: Amenity grass mown

Proposed management: Road junction makes visibility a factor limiting tree and shrub planting. Wildflower and bulb planting is best option.

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 green space site is at a cross roads.Surrounded by mid 20th century housing with gardens, it is visually uninteresting and of no ecological value, as there is a lack of diversity of species and habitats. As a result it does not support any interesting wildlife at present. It is mainly grass with a few straggling trees.

At present these patches of grass only perform a visual function - the area is seen as 'belonging' to the road. It does not support any activity other than walking through it on the way somewhere - such as to school or the shops. There are good long distance views from the site to the hills.
The annual expense of mowing such an area of 'unused' green space is considerable.


Safety

The site appears to be safe as it is overlooked by houses.

 

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5. Summer view


6 . Summer view 2

7. Summer view 3


Activities that could be supported in the future

There is potential to add to the tree planting on this site: for example, a variety of small trees such as cherry. These should be planted away from houses. The angle of the sun and where windows are in relation to trees influences their exact location, so that houses are not overshadowed.
Some sort of seating is a possibility for local people to consider.
Identify where the grass might be mown only once a year, say in the middle area where the trees might be, and mow the rest of the grass regularly.
Note: This green space site is at a cross roads, so any changes would need to ensure that the sight lines are maintained for the safety of pedestrians and drivers.


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

Ecology

HABITAT TYPES FOUND ON SITE

notes:

found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland

*

Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs

Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting

*

Wetands

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

notes:

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

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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