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KNOLL TOP CEMETERY AND OPEN SPACE (IZ/ES01)

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General Information on the ecology and use of the site

Grid Reference

SK27509825

Ownership

SCC Leisure Services

Size

2.07 hectares (560m perimeter)

Designation(s)

Cemetery & Open Space Area

Access

Full public access (including public footpath No 61 from Coronation Wood)

Classification

C2

Importance

Key community facility with large open space area. Ecological value is less significant (see below)

Date Surveyed

8 March 2000

View from Knoll Top over Stocksbridge's industrial area

Survey information

Introduction

The cemetery itself is in a reasonable state of maintenance, although some graves appear to have damaged stonework or look a little neglected. There is a small building that is used by City Council Landscape Department.

History

The first edition ordnance survey map of 1854 shows the area as open countryside. Later editions show that the area to the east of the cemetery was at one time a quarry. This may explain the varying topography of this particular area and its vegetation. The cemetery was established n the late 1940s and has been in continuous use since then.

Topography

Mostly on a south facing slope, with the slope steepest on the east part of the site where quarrying took place at one time.

Recreation and Use

As a cemetery. In compartment B there is a network of desire lines and is used as an informal dog walking area. Kids also use one tree for a swing in this compartment. Site used as a short cut to main shopping area via Coronation Wood.

Present Management

Amenity grassland around graves and open space area mown on a  regular basis.

Main Plant Communities

Community

General Description

Characteristic Species

Community A

Amenity grassland around graves and open space

Lolium perenne, Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus, Bellis perennis.

Community B

Bracken dominated tall herb

Pteridium aquilinum.

Community C

Scrub/semi-mature trees

Salix capraea, Crateagus monogyna, Prunus sp.

Community D

Tall herb

Dactylis glomerata, Urtica dioica.

Community E

Ornamental shrubbery

Prunus laurocerasus, Berberis sp.

Ecological Interest

Much of the site is managed as an amenity open space. Mowing takes place regularly on open field and verges around graves. A number of flowering plants and grasses are characteristic of these areas, with yarrow the most notable species. The northern boundary of ornamental shrubs is dominated by cherry laurel and a barberry hedge makes up most of the north east boundary. The cherry laurel hedge appears to be regularly trimmed but restricted to the front edge at about 1.5m high. The rear part has been left to grow high resulting in a peculiar 'indented' effect. This high growth has also accentuated the dense shady environment of Coronation Wood.

A mainly tall herb community runs along the southern walled boundary dominated by coarse herbs and grasses. The scrub and tall herb on the eastern part of the site is where the main ecological interest lies. Scrub and semi-mature trees include planted specimens, with cherry trees frequent in the east part. An area of tree planting occurs on the amenity grass field including alder, oak and ash. Large areas (Community B) are dominated by bracken. Small, scattered shoots of bluebell were noted across this community.

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Botanical Survey- to view lists of species click here


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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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Inner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

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nner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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