New hope for Sheffield woodland blighted by rubbish

Children learn about nature with a Sheffield Wildlife Trust representative and housing officer Alison Bodill.
Children learn about nature with a Sheffield Wildlife Trust representative and housing officer Alison Bodill.
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Residents in Sheffield have joined together in a bid to transform an unloved woodland tarnished by flytipping.

Woods behind Dalton Court Community Centre, Nether Edge, have been unused for several years – and became a dumping ground for old car parts and household items.

But now, Sheffield Council has tidied the area and wants nearby residents to put the land to good use as part of its Living with Nature project.

And more than 70 people attended an event organised by Sheffield Council, Abbeydale Tenants and Residents; Association and Sheffield Wildlife Trust to share their views about what should happen to the site.

Rita Bottom, who has lived in the area for nearly 20 years said: “I think the area should be left as it is, but kept well maintained so it doesn’t get overgrown again.

Other suggestions included creating a wooden play area with wooden walkways and turning part of the space into an open meadow, as well as installing further bird boxes and putting in new plants to encourage wildlife.

There was also an opportunity for the community to suggest a name for the wood.

The name will be revealed at the official opening ceremony next year,once the community ideas have been finalised and implemented.

Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The event has been a great success in gathering opinions and celebrating the partnership between the council, Tara and wildlife trust.

“The Living with Nature project aims to create a recreation area for the community that they want and will use.

“We will be looking at the suggestions in detail over the next few weeks.”