It was once part of a medieval deer park, and now the first steps are being taken towards making the hillside behind Sheffield railway station more of a natural attraction.
One of the features of the proposed Sheaf Valley Park - stretching along the hillside from Norfolk Heritage Park to the old canal basin - is an arboretum to broaden the species of trees and to attract wildlife, although not on the medieval scale.
There will be pine trees, spring flowering trees, fruit trees, trees with good autumn colour and evergreen trees. A wildflower meadow will be planted on the hillside.
Chestnut and sycamore trees, diseased or in a poor condition, will be replaced in the first phase of the council’s long held ambition of creating a network of parks, woodlands and new footpaths and lighting. Over 100 new trees will be planted.
Initial work also includes creating ant outdoor event space with amphitheatre terraced seating with spectacular views across the city centre and towards the Peak District.
Council cabinet member Shaffaq Mohammed said: “We don’t think there is anything quite like this in Britain, and this project will help cement Sheffield’s reputation as the greenest UK city with some of the liveliest city centre events. We also hope the amphitheatre will attract visitors, and local drama groups will have a new stage for their plays.”
Up to £760,000 has come from sources such as Government housing funds, Europe and developers of nearby projects.