Sheffield Urban Woodlands
Green deserts become community woodlands
Whether you’re a parent looking for child-friendly spaces or a student with a penchant for studying in the sunshine, a welcoming green space close to home can make a big difference to how you feel about your city.
Sheffield is home to several thriving parks and public gardens, but some suburbs are in great need of tree planting to improve the natural environment and create a greener, cleaner region. There’s also a demand for community orchards, with a particular focus on making edible food available to the local community, as well as establishing habitats for urban wildlife.
Last year we started an initiative to green these areas by planting 6,450 trees. This year we hope to build on this achievement.
In partnership with Sheffield City Council, we aim to plant over 7,500 trees across three public parks in the south-east of the city:
- Kenninghall Bank
- Fox Lane Recreation Ground
- Pipworth Recreation Ground/Manor Playing Fields
We’ll plant a mix of native woodland species, including English Oak, Hazel, Field Maple, Spindle, Hawthorn and Blackthorn. The trees will be young ‘bare root whips’, two to three years in age, so they’ll grow with the community.
The new woodlands will bring diversity to the landscape, encourage wildlife and give residents opportunities to connect with nature.
Meanwhile, a partnership with Grow Sheffield will see six new orchards created in the north, south and south-east of the city. The trees will enhance the quality of outdoor spaces where people can relax, socialise, exercise, play and enjoy nature. As a community-owned resource, they’ll help people learn how to cultivate their own food and understand seasonality.
The trees will be introduced as part of a programme of community planting and educational events. These will be held throughout the winter season and will involve residents, community groups and schools. Everyone attending these events will learn how to identify and safely plant trees, and discover the properties of different species. Our educational workshops will give people guidance on how to care for fruit trees and the contribution fruit can make to a healthy diet.
Lucy Corcoran, Abundance Coordinator at Grow Sheffield, said:
We’re really excited about the project and its potential to engage young minds in thinking about where our food comes from. The orchards will feed and bring together many future generations of Sheffielders.”