Living with Nature

Living with Nature was a three year programme (now finished), which was funded by the Big Lottery and focused on improvements to sites on Sheffield City Council land, which were identified as Play Areas (although many had old play equipment removed in previous years).

The Trust hosted two posts as part of a partnership with the City Council, the University of Sheffield, and Sheffield City Council. The aims of the programme were to improve the play value of the sites, and to increase their biodiversity and value to wildlife.

This was achieved through an intensive process of community engagement with local tenants and residents as well as existing community groups, to create a sense of local ownership of the completed facilities; increase social cohesion in the areas concerned; and to encourage people to be more involved in terms of the ongoing upkeep and positive use of their local community greenspace.

The design of the sites was carried out in conjunction with local people and created multi-functional green-space rather than “play areas” in the traditional sense of the term. These spaces include a mixture of traditional equipment and elements of Natural Play, set amongst other features which encourage healthy use of the wider site by a range of people and groups.

For a full report of the project, please download here.

The eight sites to be completed were:


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Envolve: Young People in the Environment

Our youth participation programme, en:volve, covers the whole of Sheffield and Rotherham, and aims to engage 11 to 25 year olds from a range of backgrounds in exciting and practical environmental projects.

Visit our En:volve Pages to find out more.

Or visit the the main En:volve Website for full information.






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