Sheffield Park is one of the council’s greatest success stories.
It was opened in 1926 by Sir Berkeley Sheffield, who donated the land and said he hoped the park would be “a centre of pleasure and recreation”.
At the time it boasted a bowling green, tennis courts, and a bandstand. In later years it was to feature an aviary and a paddling pool.
However, the years and changing tastes in recreation took their toll and the park became a target for anti-social behaviour and vandalism until the council launched a comprehensive investment, improvement and engagement plan in 2020.
Bringing the local police, schools and councillors on board led to a series of action days which resulted in a boost in visitor numbers and a flood of volunteers.
One of the first projects was to restore the original iron entrance gates, followed by a children’s cycle area on an area of previously neglected hard-standing.
A Friends of Sheffield Park group was established and the park has received more than 300 hours of voluntary work. You can join the Friends of Sheffield Park group via their Facebook page.
A link up with Building Better Opportunities – an organisation that supports individuals who have barriers to employment – resulted in eight volunteers joining the Sheffield Park project.
The park now boasts the largest wildflower meadow planting of any park in North Lincolnshire, including innovative ‘bee corridors’ to attract pollinating insects.
It is also our first 100 per cent environmentally friendly park – all future planting has been grown by us or nearby schools, and we only use natural weedkilling techniques.
Plant and shrubs are grown ‘in-house’ with the addition of a poly-tunnel for Sheffield Park’s planting regime.
Other innovations include –
- Developing a sensory garden in partnership with Lindsey Lodge Hospice
- Developing a nature area using planting recommended by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
- Installing art and design features produced by North Lindsey College students
- Working with Crosby Primary School on ‘bug areas’
- Planting more than 60 trees with the help of volunteers, part of our pledge to plant 172,000 trees across the region
- Ensuring the park is open to all, with disability-friendly parking and inclusive play equipment
- New recreational equipment, including a skate park
The coveted Green Flag status was awarded in October 2021, and Sheffield Park continues to be a wonderful place for local people to enjoy.