Stone age comes to city cemetery gates

New carved stone markers at entrance to City Road cemetery. Councillor Penny Baker with Council staff involved in the scheme: from left to right, Bob Daff, Pete Parsons, Jeff Hardy and Gareth Parsons from Streetforce; Landscape Architect Mike Brearley; and Alex Shilkoff from South Sheffield Regeneration Team.
New carved stone markers at entrance to City Road cemetery. Councillor Penny Baker with Council staff involved in the scheme: from left to right, Bob Daff, Pete Parsons, Jeff Hardy and Gareth Parsons from Streetforce; Landscape Architect Mike Brearley; and Alex Shilkoff from South Sheffield Regeneration Team.
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STRIKING stone marker posts have been unveiled at Sheffield’s City Road Cemetery.

New landscaping, two mature oak trees and architectural lighting of the Grade II listed building at the cemetery entrance has also helped transform the landmark site.

Each stone marker is over two metres tall and carved with a design based on apples and apple leaves.

Improvements to the cemetery buildings are ongoing and the next stage will involve restoring the tower over the next 12 months.

The new markers have impressed local residents.

Diane Cairns, who runs the local Wanna Get Walking Group, said: “The group was very impressed and we were glad we added the cemetery entrance on to our usual health walk around Manor Fields Park.”

Coun Penny Baker, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, regeneration and planning, said: “The site is a key link to the green space of Norfolk Park and part of the Norfolk Heritage Trail, both used by visitors and residents from all over the city.

“The improvements really enhance this area of City Road and help to make it a destination in its own right and not just a road that people pass through.”

The work is part of a series of improvements by the council along City Road corridor.

The City Road Placemaking programme is targeting areas local people have said are most important to them.

Carved stone markers are being placed at various locations along the route.

Other developments include the new library garden at Manor Top, new entrance to Manor Fields Park Road and landscaping of green space on Edenhall Road and Windy House Lane.