Sheffield’s Love Square project loses out on cash boost

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A bid to win cash for the transformation of a neglected piece of land into an urban eco park in Sheffield has not been successful.

The Love Square project, planned for the bottom of Snig Hill, came runner-up in the Lottery-backed Grow Wild initiative.

More than 16,000 people voted for it to win in a four week campaign, but a scheme in Manchester and Liverpool was crowned the overall winner.

The project team will receive a £5,000 award to continue developing their ideas, run a project and secure future funding.

Professor Nigel Dunnett, who is leading The University of Sheffield project, said: “Although disappointed not to have won, we are delighted we came a very strong second and generated over 16,000 votes in support of Love Square from across the whole country.

“We are determined that our vision for this inspirational city nature park becomes a reality, and are actively working on a whole range of other opportunities to bring that vision to life, in full.”

Love Square - part of a wider project to transform West Bar - will also now join the Grow Wild network of 70 new community projects to be launched next spring.