Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield.

Sheffield has 80 public parks and 650 other green and open spaces as well as being situated right on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

Norfolk Heritage Park opened in 1848 and today is designated at Grade II. The land once formed part of Sheffield Park, the deer park of Sheffield Manor.

The park has a few interesting facts:

  • Norfolk Football Club played its home games in the park between 1861 and 1880.
  • Queen Victoria visited the park on 21 May 1897, during her Jubilee year.
  • In 1910 Norfolk Park was given as a gift from the Duke of Norfolk to the City of Sheffield
  • Wikipedia states that, the TV game show, It’s A Knockout, was filmed in the park during the 1970s. However, Sheffield History state that it was held on the Arbourthorne Playing Fields in May 1971. If you know, leave me a note.

During the later 1980s the park fell into decline. In 1994, the park was added to the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens (Grade II) and the ‘Friends of Norfolk Park’ group were established.

Al that remains of the old Refreshment Pavilion.

Also in 1994, the park became more commonly known as Norfolk Heritage Park reflecting its heritage and cultural significance. In 1995, the derelict Refreshment Pavilion was badly damaged by an arson attack and was demolished. A new refreshment pavilion was build called, ‘The centre in the Park’. Which was built to serve the community. It has rooms available for hire, a community cafe and Creche. It opened to the public in 2000, along with new children’s play areas, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sunnybank Nature Reserve, Sheffield.

Sunnybank was the very first reserve created by the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust (then Sheffield City Wildlife Group) in 1985. The area is only small. However, if you are in the are close by, it is worth having a little look. There are some nice art sculptures there as well.

Sunnybank is located in an urban area, behind a petrol station and close to the city centre. The area is only small but the pool and woodland is home to all sort of animals and plants, including:

  • Dragonflies
  • Pond skaters
  • Common frog
  • Birds
  • Foxes
  • Hedgehogs
  • Pipistrelle bats

Butterflies:

  • Small skipper
  • Green veined white
  • Red admiral
  • Common blue
  • Six spot burnet