LOCATION: South Sheffield
AIM: To address the universal poor quality of the public open space in the area; to use the Manor and Castle Single Regeneration Budget programme to address issues of social exclusion and build social capital; and, to ensure a lasting legacy after grant funding.
BACKGROUND: The Green Estate initiative began in 1998, as the Environment and Heritage programme, when the inner city areas of Manor and Castle in South Sheffield were suffering some of the worst effects of social, economic and environmental poverty. Despite this, the area had an interesting history, significant areas of greenspace, and many people with the energy and will to make a difference. The idea of the ‘Green Estate’ was born out of a belief that if the relationship between the land and people were made to work again, life could be brought back to the local waste lands, and its green environment could become a valued and productive asset. From the start, the initiative was a partnership between the Manor and Castle Development Trust (MCDT), Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Sheffield City Council and several smaller organisations.