Eco scheme shortlisted for award

greenram    News'Sections of the Shiregreen area of Sheffield which have been given a makeover by the Sanctuary Group and are in line for a national award
greenram News'Sections of the Shiregreen area of Sheffield which have been given a makeover by the Sanctuary Group and are in line for a national award
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GREEN regeneration of a 1930s housing estate in Sheffield costing £13 million has been shortlisted for a top national award.

Sanctuary Housing Association’s Streetscene project has transformed nearly 15 miles of pavements, verges and public open spaces on the Shiregreen estate.

It has been shortlisted by the Sustainable Housing Awards 2011, which are held in October and recognise projects and organisations promoting environmental responsibility.

The project is in the running for the Transformation Award for major improvements to the look and quality of life within a social housing development.

Before work was carried out, overgrown trees were blocking light and access to driveways. Lack of parking was also causing people to park on grass verges and the estate suffered from poor street lighting.

Helen Wright, regional regeneration manager for Sanctuary, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. We believe the Streetscene project has made a real difference to residents on the Shiregreen estate.

“It has transformed the community by creating a more pleasant and attractive place for people to live in, with plenty of quality green space.”

The programme involved replacing more than 400 large, ageing or diseased trees with 500 smaller, more suitable varieties, and creating a wildflower meadow and hilly lawn.

Parking areas were created using green Tarmac for a softer look, while grass verges were protected by installing 3,300 green oak bollards.

Other work included laying 100,000 square metres of path, installing 1,100 street lights, decorating 78 original 1930s lampposts using ideas suggested by the community, putting in new plants to create attractive borders throughout the estate and overhauling alleyways to improve safety.

The project is part of a larger £99 million regeneration of Shiregreen by Sanctuary.