Place Keeping

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The Sheffield Place-keeping Group are based in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield and work in partnership with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and other local, national and international organisations. Their work forms part of a larger European project; the EU-funded MP4 ‘Making Places Profitable’ project.

The aim of the group is to evaluate current place-keeping practice and help facilitate innovative partnership working, encouraging sustainable place-keeping on-ground, across Sheffield and beyond.

Place-keeping can be defined as long-term management of places, ensuring that the social, environmental and economic quality and benefits that a place brings can be enjoyed now and by future generations.
The aspirations of place-keeping are clear: create, retain and enhance high-quality, sustainable places which are valued by users who want to visit them again and again.

Place-keeping is multi-dimensional and consists of the following inter-related dimensions:

  • Partnership
  • Governance
  • Policy
  • Finance
  • Evaluation
  • Design, Management and Maintenance

Place-keeping through Partnership:

  • How can we sustain quality green & open spaces in a time of economic constraint?

MP4 has been investigating the potential of place-keeping and the importance of partnership working to ensure a sustainable green space legacy, particularly important in these times of economic constraint.

Most recently on 11th July 2012, MP4 co-ordinated the first 'Place-keeping through Partnership' event at ICOSS, University of Sheffield, which all involved acknowledged was a great success. The event marked the launch of a new chapter for place-keeping, with place-keeping identified by delegates as an effective approach to tackling current issues in green and open space provision and management.

For outputs from the day including presentations and workshop notes, or to find out more about current Place-keeping projects happening across Sheffield and the UK, please visit:

Alternatively you can email: if you require any further information, or would like to get in touch.