The Sheffield City Council Cleared Sites Programme

Sheffield City Council had over 300 hectares of brownfield sites awaiting housing redevelopment. These sites were magnets for flytipping and antisocial behaviour.  The quality of life for residents still living in the areas was low as was developer confidence in building there.

Cleared site with burnt out car

A typical cleared site in Sheffield – complete with burnt out car!

This project formed the catalyst for the Pictorial Meadow solution. Taking the ideas and research from Professor Dunnet out into the most demanding and challenging  public realm areas existing.

An initial 3 year strategy  of transforming waste land into vast inner city seed sown meadows started in  2004 and has continued to this day spreading from Sheffield to other Northern Cities.

Local children sowing Urban Meadows - Photo credit R. Mooney

Local children sowing Urban Meadows – Photo credit R. Mooney

Community Involvement

Urban Meadow created by local children

Local Schools and community groups were increasingly involved in the process of sowing annual seed and very quickly the neighbourhoods were  transformed both in appearance and in terms of a marked reduction in antisocial behaviour.

Big Lad preparing for seed sowing

Big Lad preparing a cleared site prior to seed sowing

The programme proved to be a catalyst for other local authorities wishing to undertake similar improvement schemes so Pictorial Meadows have now been involved with Bolton and Leeds housing authorities to great effect.

Bolton Council leaflet explaining all the positive benefits of PM

Leaflet produced by Bolton council explain all the benefits that had been achieved by using Pictorial Meadows products


Wakefield refreshed with an Urban Meadow

A refreshing display in Wakefield

Waste land transmogrified into Beautiful Meadow

A lovely perennial Pictorial Meadow – previously a waste ground!

We would love to hear from any other Local Authorities, Councils or Housing Associations that would like our help and expertise to convert derelict sites into beautiful urban meadows.