Green estate is budding winner

THE greening of a 1930s Sheffield housing estate has been shortlisted for a national award.

More than 400 old or diseased trees were replaced and a wildflower meadow was created as part of a £13m regeneration Streetscene project at Shiregreen by the Sanctuary Group.

Parking areas were covered with green asphalt, grass verges protected by green oak bollards, plants went into borders, new street lights were installed and 78 original 1930s lampposts were revamped.

The scheme, which has transformed nearly 15 miles of pavements, verges and public open spaces, has been shortlisted in the social housing category of the Sustainable Housing Awards. Sanctuary regional regeneration manager Helen Wright said: “We believe the Streetscene project has made a real difference to residents on the Shiregreen estate.”

It was designed along garden city principles, aiming to combine town and country, but trees had grown too big, a lack of parking was also causing people to park on grass verges and the estate suffered from poor lighting.