Major 10-year Sheffield regeneration project marked with floral display

L to r:- councillor Peter Price, Sanctuarys director of neighbourhoods Colleen Eccles, councillor Garry Weatherall, MP Gill Furniss, councillor Dawn Dale, resident Maureen Shipley, Sanctuarys neighbourhood partnerships officer Sophie Kirk and Sanctuarys neighbourhood partnerships manager Melanie King at the display.
Picture: Shaun Flannery
L to r:- councillor Peter Price, Sanctuarys director of neighbourhoods Colleen Eccles, councillor Garry Weatherall, MP Gill Furniss, councillor Dawn Dale, resident Maureen Shipley, Sanctuarys neighbourhood partnerships officer Sophie Kirk and Sanctuarys neighbourhood partnerships manager Melanie King at the display. Picture: Shaun Flannery
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A multi-million pound scheme to improve a Sheffield suburb that was ten years in the making has been celebrated with a new floral commemoration.

Social landlord Sanctuary Housing’s £100 million regeneration in Shiregreen has resulted in the refurbishment of 2, 500 homes, the introduction of the Streetscene project aimed at improving Shiregreen’s scenery and five years of the Shiregreen Community Awards.

To mark this decade of success, a floral ‘ten’ has been planted at the corner of Beck Road and Bellhouse Road, designed to enhance the green area.

Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, said: “The tenth year of regeneration is a special time, and over the past decade we have worked hard to support the development of a successful and sustainable community in Shiregreen.

“We hope that local residents enjoy their eye-catching new floral display, which echoes the incidental green spaces that included Victorian planting and English rose gardens that Shiregreen was known for when it was built.

“If local residents have any ideas how we can celebrate the 10 year anniversary we would love to hear them.”

Sanctuary employees visited the new flower display with Gill Furniss, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, along with councillors who gathered to admire the attractive blooms.

Maureen Shipley, who has lived in Shiregreen for 53 years, also attended and was special guest for the day.

As treasurer of the Friends of Concord Park and Woolley Wood, she has long been committed to improving and enhancing the environment in her neighbourhood and won a community award for her work.

MP Gill Furniss said: “It was a great opportunity to chat to Maureen, as well as to see how Sanctuary is working hard to improve green areas for local people.

“Sanctuary’s achievements over the last 10 years have gone a long way to helping Shiregreen become the great place to live and work it is.”

More events to mark the 10th year anniversary since the start of the regeneration are being planned.

Any residents with ideas on how to mark the occasion can contact the Sanctuary team by emailing neighbourhoods@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or ring 0800 131 3348.

Established in 1969, Sanctuary Group owns or operates more than 100,000 units of accommodation and employs around 11, 000 people.

The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into affordable housing.