Last chance to vote for Sheffield city centre wildlife garden project

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Plans to create a nature garden at an overgrown site in Sheffield city centre could provide a much needed haven for people using, living and working in the area, according to a local solicitor.

Marianne Farrell, who works in the community law team at the city council, said there is currently nowhere for people to sit and relax - and Love Square near West Bar could be the answer.

Sheffield University is competing against four other projects across the country for the chance to win £120,000 of Big Lottery Funding through the national Grow Wild competition.

The winning site will be chosen by a public vote. Voting takes place online and by telephone until November 4.

Marianne, who often works in the city’s family court near Love Square, is backing the campaign to turn a piece of derelict land off Love Street into a vibrant community space full of colourful wildflowers.

The site is used as a cut-through by around 2,000 people a day, but is currently an eyesore.

“To have somewhere to get fresh air and sit would be an absolute haven,” Marianne said. “How great would it be if it became a place where people came to stop and sit?”