Sheffield is one of England’s largest cities and a metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. It gained its city charter in 1893 and officially became titled the City of Sheffield. It now covers a total area of 368 km2.
Sheffield City Council is a metropolitan district. As such, we have responsibility for the full range of local authority services. Only public transport, fire & civil defence and the Police Authority are managed across the whole of South Yorkshire. Sheffield is located fairly centrally in Britain. It is the only city to include part of a national park, the Peak District, within its borders.
Sheffield is geographically very diverse. The urban area nestles in a natural bowl created by seven hills and the confluence of 5 rivers: the Don, Sheaf, Rivelin, Loxley and Porter. Much of the city is built on these hillsides, with views into the city centre or out to open countryside. With an estimated total of over two million trees, Sheffield has more trees per person than any other city in Europe. It has over 170 woodlands, 78 public parks and 10 public gardens. Added to this are 135 km2 of national park and almost 11 km2 of water, resulting in 61 percent of the city comprising green space. This unique combination makes Sheffield the greenest city in Britain.
Culture and Sport
The city has a thriving cultural and creative industries sector, accounting for 7.2% of Sheffield’s working population – almost double the national average.Sheffield is the first National City of Sport, with a range of high quality facilities originally built for the World Student Games in the city in 1991. These include the Don Valley Stadium, The Sheffield Hallam Arena and the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, with its Olympic-sized pool and diving pool.Sheffield is also home to the English Institute of Sport, with an indoor running track and facilities and support for over 20 sports including athletics, diving, cycling, squash and boxing . The World Snooker Championships have been held in the city’s Crucible Theatre since 1977.The world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, has recently celebrated it’s 150th anniversary. The city also has two professional football clubs, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.
ProFit: Lowfield Park
Sheffield City Council’s Parks and Countryside Service (P&C) has the responsibility for delivering the FieldLab in Lowfield Park. P&C have a close working relationship with Sheffield Hallam University and work collaboratively on all aspects of ProFit. P&C is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of the City’s parks and recreational green spaces. The P&C Service manages 730 sites city-wide, covering 3,230 hectares and attract 25 – 40 million individual visits each year. Sheffield has a long-term Green and Open Space Strategy and all our services are guided by this document.