Thoughts turn to the blossoming of Love Square

Older Sheffield residents may recall Bridge Street bus station.

Now the land at the bottom of Snig Hill could be transformed into an ‘urban eco-park’ called Love Square.

The location adjoins part of the road from West Bar to Castlegate where part of the carriageway could soon be dug up to make way for wildflowers, grasses, trees and bulbs under the ‘Grey to Green’ scheme.

The new square is designed to play its part in the radical environmental makeover, helping to provide an attractive walking route into the city centre in the process.

Hopes of the proposals for the square reaching fruition have been boosted by it being chosen as one of five shortlisted projects as part of the lottery-backed Grow Wild initiative.

Each of the selected projects is receiving £4,000 to help organisers develop their ideas and to campaign in preparation for a public online vote that will decide who will win £120,000.

The winning site will be announced in early November with a view to planting in spring 2015.

The Grow Wild campaign aims to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers

Sheffield’s efforts are drawing on the expertise of Prof Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape, who was responsible for the wild flower landscapes at the Olympic Park in London.

The council hopes that the £3.6m ‘Grey to Green’ scheme – due to be financed by the Government and Europe – will not only help make West Bar and Castlegate more attractive for the people who already work and live nearby, but also help to attract developers of offices, housing, hotels and leisure facilities.