Parkwood Springs is an amazing natural 'wild'
space close to the centre of the city of Sheffield. There is woodland and heath,
open parkland, and a range of natural habitats where wild lupins bloom, rabbits
run and sparrowhawks hover. There are spectacular views over the city centre,
the suburbs and the distant moors of the Peak District.
Parkwood Springs runs for nearly 1.5 miles from
Rutland Road in the south to Herries Road, at Shirecliffe, to the north. It
includes Sheffield Ski Village, and leads on to Wardsend
You can get a sense of the area and find out more
about it from this website. But if you haven't been already, please come and
see for yourself. There are directions on our 'Finding Parkwood Springs' page, or come
to one of our events, listed on the 'Events' page. We are sure you will be
Please note that motor-cycling of any sort is
illegal everywhere on Parkwood Springs. The Police
have the power to confiscate bikes and crush them. They regularly patrol the
Key features of the site include:
- Heathland - a ‘local action for biodiversity’ action plan target habitat.
- Two areas of 'Ancient Woodlands' - Scraithwood and Rawson Spring Wood, located off Herries Road.
- Little Pear Tree Field, a wildlife garden, located off Cooks Wood Road.
- A viewing platform, with views across the city.
- a mountain bike trail - providing challenges for a wide range of skill levels, and used for one of the 'Nutcracker' races
- The historic Wardsend Cemetery, owned by the Church of England.
- A sports ground with open football pitches and a playing field located off Cooks Wood Road.
- The 'Boy and the Bird' sculpture on Rutland Road, and the 'Spirit of Parkwood' sculpture on Cooks Wood Road, both by local artist Jason Thomson.
- The River Don and a railway line run along the west side, flanked by buildings with industrial heritage value.
- An agro forestry area; a pilot project which explores food production using woodland techniques.
- A designated Open Space and Site of Importance for Nature Conservation; with a waste management area.
- The Sheffield City Council land is largely designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.
- The site also contains two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's), of geologically important stone types.