Meersbrook Park, Sheffield
A few years ago we used to live right next to Meersbrook Park, this park doesn’t have much in it in the way of gardens or blooms; this is no major problem because the views across the city are so breath-taking that really there’s no need for flowers because you’re too busy watching in awe. It’s a steep park with some very hilly parts so our walks around it frequently cut out the steep areas and took the easiest route.
At the top end there’s woodland which has a very nice array of bird species including my all time favourite – Nuthatches, as well as the more common tit and finch species, there are also Woodpeckers, Treecreepers and in Winter Redwings, Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare can often be spotted.
When we moved I didn’t think I’d really miss having a park so close-by because, after all I now had my own garden. But now I realise that actually I do miss it a lot. I miss walking up through the park on my way home, stopping off to watch the birds, greeting other people and dog walkers as well as taking a blanket and relaxing during the summer and watching the world go by.
I’d always intended to move back to Meersbrook in a few years, or closer to another park – Greaves Park (they’re not far from each other) but if I am commuting then it just doesn’t make sense to move to either area as the traffic is notorious. So really it all depends on where I’m working – if it’s in the city centre then moving back wouldn’t be much of a problem; it’s just a shame the gardens of houses near the park are so tiny.
Thankfully I didn’t move far from Meersbrook and it’s still only around a 5/10 minute drive away and easy enough for me to visit, that is if I battle the traffic!