MP David Blunkett has backed plans by The University of Sheffield to create a heart-shaped eco-park on derelict land in the city.
The university is bidding for £120,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to allow it to create Love Square on land at West Bar, close to Sheffield Crown Court.
It wants to fill the eco-park with wildflowers as part of the national Grow Wild competition.
Hillsborough and Brightside MP Mr Blunkett said: “The Love Square Grow Wild scheme will transform this disused and derelict site in the centre of Sheffield into an amazing, vibrant wildflower meadow teeming with wildlife.
“The ‘mobile willderness’ plan offers a new way of thinking about urban regeneration which can be replicated in cities up and down the country. I’m excited to be involved in this great scheme and urge everyone to vote for Love Square. This is not just about Sheffield – it’s about the future of all of our cities.”
The scheme is competing against four rival projects for the funding in a public vote, which is running until November 4.
If successful, the eco-park will include a community cafe made from a converted shipping container and bird-friendly trees.
A spokesman for the scheme said: “Love Square will be an inspirational example of a new type of ‘smart’ urban eco-park, combining nature and wildlife with artworks, social and activity spaces, and a beautiful year-round environment for people, using wildflowers and native plants throughout in exciting ways. The project will transform this eyesore plot into a thriving hub at the heart of the community.”
To vote, visit http://vote.growwilduk.com