Ten-year vision for Parkwood unveiled

The Council is launching its 10-year draft masterplan for the Parkwood Springs site, which includes Wardsend Cemetery and the former Viridor Landfill site.

The consultation on the draft masterplan, which will now be open to public consultation for the next six weeks, is proposing to create a higher quality public open space around a proposed outdoor leisure development by Extreme Destinations that offers a range of activities and visitor facilities.

Parkwood Springs, home to one of the only cemeteries in the country to be divided by a railway line, was formerly a medieval deer park. Now, Sheffield City Council has unveiled ambitions for the site to become a 150-hectare giant urban country park stretching from Wardsend near Hillsborough all the way to Neepsend.

It outlines a vision for the whole of Parkwood Springs to align the ambitions of the local communities; plans for outdoor leisure development; the complicated history of the landfill site; and the needs of a growing city particularly at nearby Kelham Island, Neepsend and Woodside where new homes are being developed or are being planned for.

There will be consultation events at Sheffield Winter Garden on Thursday, 25 October and 12 November from 11.30am to 3.30pm, and at Shirecliffe Community Centre on Wednesday 30 October from 3pm to 7.30pm where people can discuss their hopes for the site, which rises steeply from the River Don and has superb view across Sheffield to the Peak District.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “We have been talking about Parkwood for many years but the time is right now to develop the city’s ambitions for a country park complete with outdoor pursuits, mountain bike trails, cycle paths and new lakeside walks.

“The closure of the Viridor site and the opportunities this gives us means we can talk confidently about Parkwood’s future uses.

“And in addition, housing developments at Kelham, Neepsend and Woodside, and the thousands of new people living in our city, mean that we have to think about how we can use this vast and beautiful space to create new green lungs right in the heart of our city.

“We believe in the future Parkwood will be a welcoming open space that offers extreme sports, recreation, peaceful walks and a range of events and activities across the whole site. It can be a  valued asset for the local community to feel proud of. It will be well connected to the city around it and be the green back-drop for a great place to live and work.”

Parkwood Springs has long been a prominent feature on Sheffield’s landscape, with uses as a medieval deer park, woodlands, railway, housing, allotments, Victorian cemetery and landfill sites.

Wardsend Cemetery, which was transferred into the care of Sheffield Council in the 1980s, has under gone huge improvements and is now used as a venue for performance, heritage tours and nature events. It is the final resting place of Lieutenant George Lambert VC and  many Victorian Sheffielders, including photographer WT Furniss  and victims of the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864.

Howard Bayley, from the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery, said: “Parkwood is this amazing accessible space and Wardsend Cemetery is the northern gateway to it. The cemetery dates back to 1857 and has 30,000 people buried there, normal, every day Sheffielders. We’re very keen to see WARDSEND develop for its history and its wildlife but also as a centre for art and performance.”

Neill Schofield, from the Friends of Parkwood Springs, added: “Parkwood Springs is an amazing green space so close to the city centre where you feel you’re in the middle of the countryside when you’re in one of England’s biggest cities. The masterplan will look at the whole area and helping it to improve further.”

A six-week consultation on the Parkwood Draft Masterplan will run from Tuesday 23 October to Wednesday 5 December 2018. Click here to complete a short survey.

Come and have a look at the plans at:

  • Sheffield Winter Garden
    Thursday 25 October and Monday 12 November, 11.30am to 3.30pm.
  • Shirecliffe Community Centre
    30 October 3pm to 7.30pm.