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Nature Based Solutions
Have a look at Dr Nicola Dempsey reserch, which looks into the gapes betwen what policy makers and designers say and do. What practicianers and due practic and how the end user experiences the designed places. Nicola Dempsey – YouTube


Open Space Management in Practice

By Dr Nicola Dempsey & Jinvo Nam

Place - Keeping  presents the latest research and  practice  on  place - keeping  – that is, the long-term  management  of public and private  open   spaces  – from around Europe and the rest of the world. There has long been a focus in urban landscape planning and urban design on the creation of high-quality public spaces, or place-making.

Sustainability by Dr Nicola Dempsey Ddepartment of Landscape Arcitecture University of Sheffield. Ongoing financial public sector budget pressure is adversely affecting the management and quality of parks in the UK. According to UNISON (2018), 59% of the UK’s local authorities had cut their parks and green spaces budgets between 2016/2017 and 2018/2019. This has led some local authorities to change how their parks services are delivered with fewer staff and an increased focus on lower maintenance.

In our campaign to preserve the Owlthorpe oasis, we have been grateful for the involvement of Sheffield University students studying landscape and architecture under the guidance of  Dr Nicola Dempsey . Her students took an in-depth look at the proposal to build in Owlthorpe by reviewing the local objections. They also studied the interpretation boards that show the extent of environmental work carried out in 2012 under the guidance of Natural England.

While many came to the conclusion that the oasis should remain intact, as requested, they produced alternative plans to control the environmental impact, in case permission for the proposed development was granted. One suggestion was that the maximum number of properties on plot E should be not be 72, but 36. 

As an alternative to this scheme, and if government pronouncements about preference being given to Brownfield sites are serious, housing developments could be built on the disused aerodrome at Norton, which is Brownfield land by definition and boasts many derelict buildings in need of redevelopment.



Preview YouTube video Landscape Architecture Summer Exhibition 2022


Professor Ian Rotherham: how rewilding can unleash the power of nature to help rivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFyyr8HhSAI


Professor Ian Rotherham also visited Owlthorpe and in this video he is asking the question, can we really afford to lose more greenspace? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU28ZUxBEK8

Ecology Expert Witness, Dr Nicola Rivers, Living Landscape Development Manager at Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust work with and support their members and local groups with their planning concerns which may cause a threat to local wildlife.

Ecological Surveys By Derek Whiteley

A number of biological surveys have been carried out over the years in Ecological Owlthorpe by the ecology department of Sheffield City Council to establish the levels of Fauna and Flora that exist there. These records of 843 species have been added to the Biological Records Center RECORDER database.

Problems with Traffic. Carbon emissions:

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/pollution-nuisance/clean-air-zone “Air pollution contributes to 500 deaths a year in Sheffield . The harm done includes lung cancer and cardiovascular disease and stroke. The biggest cause of pollution is transport, especially diesel vehicles. Sheffield has been in breach of the legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide levels since January 2010.”

Dated 20 th October 2021 Clean Air Zone: Decision on the way as Sheffield City Council sets out pollution plan.  

Cllr Douglas Johnson, Executive Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport said: “Clean air benefits us all and none more so than those who have to drive in it.  It's in our power to reduce air pollution, which means it's in our power to save lives. Air pollution contributes to the early deaths of 500 people every year in Sheffield It particularly affects young children and people with underlying respiratory conditions.”

We will take a bold step towards making the city's air cleaner and safer at a special Co-operative Executive meeting on 26 October 2021 . If the decision passes, we will create a Category C Clean Air Zone, accepting £24million of Government funding to help local drivers upgrade to cleaner vehicles.

Government Legislation

New laws to guarantee payment for solar homes providing excess electricity

Homes and green businesses generating renewable and low-carbon electricity to be guaranteed money for power supplied to the grid.


Hansard  Electric Vehicle Charging Points (New Buildings) Volume 699: debated on  Tuesday 13 July 2021


Extracts: “I am glad that the Government have brought forward to 2030 the date when we ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.”

“By mandating that all new-build offices and homes have these charging points, we will be able to address a lot of these concerns. Residential users will know that they can charge their cars overnight,”

“The Bill is also important because it forces developers to buy into net zero.”

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 22 October 2021 and to be printed (Bill 146).

Deforestation and Carbon emissions are two of the main causes of Climate Change. We need to help Mother Nature by retaining the green spaces we have and planting more trees upstream.

We need the right houses built in the right places that don't cause flooding downstream

Solar panels & Electric Cars help curb carbon emissions.

Statement by Michael Meredith Ecological Owlthorpe

Please help save Owlthorpe Heritage & Nature Trail by

Signing our petition to Sheffield City Council: https://chng.it/6vXHqcGG4S

also, our petition to Parliamentary Ombudsman: https://chng.it/FPc7X4Nq

Click here to see a map showing what is at stake:

Please read our editorial in the Yorkshire Bylines. Sheffield campaign calls for protection of upstream environments to stop downstreem flooding.

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