NEW SHEAF VALLEY PARK PUTS DOWN ROOTS
April 28, 2011
The work is thanks in part to our Interreg MP4 project on ‘Making Places Profitable, and the Gift That Grows tree planting donations scheme.
The trees are being planted alongside the 12 recently completed impressive sandstone terraces of the new South Street event space and amphitheatre on the hillside above the Railway Station, which gives stunning views of the city and beyond to the Peak District. The amphitheatre will soon be available for events.
The current phase of the park construction is also funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and the Government’s Housing Market Renewal Programme. Local residents and members of the Friends of Sheaf Valley Park Group, who have been involved in planning the new park developments, visited the site to see where the new trees are being planted.
Simon Ogden, Sheffield City Council’s Head of City Development, said: “I would like to say a particular thank you to South Yorkshire Forest Partnership for these beautiful trees, and to the donors who have funded additional trees through the ‘Gift that Grows’ programme. The plantings are another step towards turning Sheaf Valley Park into one of the most interesting, versatile and attractive green spaces in central Sheffield.”
Toby Hyam, who lives nearby, said: “As a resident of Sheffield it is great to see the new park taking shape. I think it is unique in the UK and perhaps Europe, for a city centre park to sit so close to the major transport interchange. The hillside steps and amphitheatre will be magnificent new features of the city. I am very hopeful that the route through Sheffield Station will be kept permanently open without any form of barriers so that these fantastic new facilities can be accessed freely by everyone, 24 hours a day.”
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