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Getting ideas and information about what can be done to improve local open green spaces
BASIS FOR A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF WHAT IS FEASIBLE WITHIN EACH GREEN SPACE

The Project Feasibility Information Sheets, which are included here, were designed to allow local communities to be systematic in their description and measurement of the local potential for enhancing green spaces. These projects are not intended to be the only ones that might be applied to the Stocksbridge area; they have been selected because they are considered appropriate and feasible in the local context. The information used to draw up the information sheets has been obtained from a number of local sources, including: 

  • existing user survey/community consultation results.
  • existing school consultations (i.e. Upper Don Heritage Trails).
  • research into open space projects in other SRB areas (for instance, the Manor and Castle area of Sheffield) via literature, site visits and other media.
  • ideas drawn from the history and other features of the SRB5 area.

The information sheet is split into five sections:

  • project summary
  • economic implications
  • social implications
  • environmental implications
  • project viability

Project Summary

This section describes each project, highlighting key features and issues. The Project Summary has five elements: 

  • A project title, together with a project code that is used as the reference code throughout the report.
  • A project summary describing the project and its aims.
  • Management requirements from initiation, operation and maintenance to foreseeable long-term management implications.
  • Project location information including a quick reference for Green Audit (small sites) and Ecological Survey Sites (large), using ticks and crosses. A planning permission quick reference using Yes, No, or a "?", where more research is required. The remaining box in this section is used to give further details about the site location, naming specific sites.
  • Project links is an invaluable cross-reference to other feasibility ideas, organisations and open space management systems. The aim is to highlight where feasibility ideas interlink, and thus draw on and support each other.

Economic Implications 

There are four sub-sections:

  • Funding - Set-up Costs, which describes the likely form of costs incurred by implementing a project. Reference may be made to possible sources of funding.
  • Funding - Running Costs, outlines the expected day to day costs incurred in managing and maintaining a project. Reference to specific sources of funding may be given.
  • Employment - gives an indication of the potential of a project to create jobs for local people or contractors.
  • Tourism - states how it is hoped each project will attract and encourage visitor to use open spaces in the area.

Social Implications

This section describes how the local community will benefit and be encouraged to become involved in open space management and use.

  • Community Involvement - explains which parts and to what level the local community could be involved in each project.
  • Schools Involvement - outlines the potential for participation of schools in a project.
  • Recreational Benefit - shows how users' leisure time experience will be enhanced.

Environmental Implications

This section considers the environmental impact of each project, from global to local and from human to wildlife sustainability.

  • Local Agenda 21 - all organisations should be developing systems that take into account the themes of LA21 to ensure the planet retains the potential to support future generations. This section outlines how these projects will meet the aims of LA21.
  • Wildlife - explains the potential impacts on wildlife habitats of a project, whether positive or negative.

Project Viability

This final section concentrates on the potential problems or pitfalls associated with each project.

  • Constraints - focuses on those issues and problems that may prevent or hinder the success of a project.
    Quick reference estimate of the likely viability of each project. The ease of implementation, management and benefits accrued are compared with the constraints and need for further research.

The information given in each sheet is designed to raise the major issues associated with that project. The information is not exhaustive, however, and even projects given a definite possibility will need further consideration before implementation.

Continued research and encouragement of the local community to participate in the project decision-making process will provide new and better ideas for the future. Locally developed ideas will be more likely to engender support, ownership and respect if they originate from the local community.

 

Click to view some useful links to related information:
Making Places and
Project for public places
CABE
Children's play in housing areas

 

Click here to email for help from Steel Valley Project staff
or you can write to the address at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Your involvement is important, no matter how small, as only local people can really change things for themselves - ideas imposed from outside are often too general to be of use at the local level. 

 

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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Information sheets to enable the feasibility of the Stocksbridge community undertaking local projects

AREA WIDE
STRATEGIES

A1-Litter and
fly-tipping
A2-Dog mess
A3-Health and walks
A4-Amenity
facilities
A5-Cycle routes
A6-Stewards

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENT
SCHEMES

C1-Tools
C2-Open Space Book
C3-Parish maps
C4-Grants
C5-Composting
C6-Wildlife scheme
C7-Young persons
C8-Adopt spaces

COUNTRYSIDE
MANAGEMENT

CM1-Heather
CM2-Hedges
CM3-Hedge laying
CM4-Woodland
CM5-Dry stone walls
CM6-Scrub/bracken
CM7-Grassland/hay
CM8-Coppicing
CM9-Pollarding

ENHANCING
SUSTAINABILITY

E1-Wind
E2-Green burials
E3-Recycling
E4-Grey water

LANDSCAPE
IMPROVEMENTS

L1-Meadows
L2-Bulb planting
L3-Wall climbers
L4-Tree and shrub
L5-Coarse grasses
L6-Edible plants
L7-Grave flowers
L8-Herb spirals
L9-Lavender hedges
L10-Pocket parks
L11-Ponds
L12-School grounds
L13-Streams
L14-Biofuel
L15-Butterflies
L16-Orchards

RECREATION

R1-View points
R2-Paddling
R3-Play
R4-Youth facilities
R5-Camp site
R6-Barbecue

SELF-HELP
SCHEMES

S1-LETS scheme
S2-Mutual aid

TRAILS

T1-Sustainability
T2-Heritage
T3-Nature
T4-Art

VISITOR CENTRES
AND
ATTRACTIONS

V1-Woodland crafts
V2-Mazes
V3-History garden
V4-Open air theatre
V5-Equestrian
V6-Nature reserve
V7-Community gardens
V8-Community farm
V9-Upper Don
Tourism &
Business Centre

 

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latest update 31/01/11