People in Sheffield are urged to ‘get behind’ plans to create a colourful nature park in a neglected part of the city centre.
Love Square – part of ascheme to turn the West Bar carriageway into a green cycle and pedestrian route – will be a community hub designed to boost civic pride and wildlife numbers.
Next week voting opens on national campaign Grow Wild which could give £120,000 towards the project from the Big Lottery Fund – and the public will choose the winner.
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “We’re working with Sheffield University to reinvigorate the city centre with a burst of flower power.
“Love Square is at the heart of our plans and we hope everyone will get behind the vote.”
Two Grow Wild hotspots will be located at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and Furnace Hill to point the way towards Love Square, located on land off Snig Hill.
The colourful site will feature meadows, a rain garden, eco-sculptures and a converted shipping container community café – challenging the idea wild flower and plant landscapes are not suitable for urban locations.
It will draw on the expertise of Professor Nigel Dunnett and Prof James Hitchmough, from the university, who were responsible for the wild flower meadows of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Prof Dunnett said: “This is a great opportunity to bring that way of working into the heart of Sheffield.
“Love Square isn’t just for Sheffield. We hope it will lead the way for others to transform their cities into great places.”
Five projects have been shortlisted. To vote for Love Square, from Tuesday, visit vote.growwilduk.com