Sheffield City Council alongside local MP Clive Betts, Labour Councillors Chris Rosling-Josephs and Tony Downing and Labour’s local election Candidate Julie Gledhill have set out an exciting new proposal to improve and develop the green corridor running along Ochre Dyke and stretching from Ivy Lane at Beighton through to Waterthorpe Park and possibly running into part of Owlthorpe Fields at a later date. Local community groups have been consulted and will form an important part of taking the project forwards. A new umbrella group has already been formed and has been called The Friends of the Ochre Dyke.
The recent Pandemic has shown just how important our green spaces are to us as a society. Open green areas, relaxation and leisure space help us to keep fit, exercise and are an invaluable aid to maintaining our own mental health and well being. The plans that have been drawn up will protect the Ochre Dyke green corridor from unwanted development and provide a welcome respite for both local residents and local wildlife.
The plans include provisions to improve access by repairing and replacing existing gates and posts as well as repairing and clearing existing footpaths and steps. Undergrowth will be cut back and cleared in certain areas to open them up with hedge heights cut in places where they have grown too high. Fly tipping and other litter will be cleared and new litter bins will be installed alongside new dog waste bins. Fencing will be repaired and replaced with new fencing added to areas as and when needed. New signage will also be added to explain what has been done and why.
Hundreds of new trees will be planted along the entire corridor, 2000 of which have already been planted in the Waterthorpe Park section but many more will follow along the other sections of the corridor. Finally new wildlife habitats will be created by the building of small ponds and the laying of new hedges which provide vital resources for mammals, birds and insect species and are invaluable for bio-diversity as well as providing habitats for wildlife to live and thrive in. New meadows will be created by allowing some open areas to grow back to a higher height than others, effectively rewilding the meadows and creating the perfect environment for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and moths. Pollinators are vital for creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals rely on for food and shelter. They also facilitate the reproduction of 90% of the world’s flowering plants.
Full plans for each section of the Ochre Dyke green corridor can be seen below.