Grey to Green

Grey to Green is an award-winning scheme bringing colour and sustainability to inner-city Sheffield, and once a month it hosts the fabulous Pollen, an inner city flower market and Sunday hangout spot. 

It offers a calm refuge in an urban environment and has transformed a tarmacked area into a green public space that encourages cycling and walking.

Designed with climate change, wellbeing and economic investment in mind, Grey to Green is helping to lay foundations for a healthy, sustainable future for this part of Sheffield.

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Sheffield was built on rivers. Grey to Green's innovative drainage system reconnects this part of the city with them, flowing rainwater back to rivers in a way that mimics nature – cleanly, slowly, sustainably.

Grey to Green’s innovative planting beds capture and hold on to plastics from car tyres and road wear and other pollutants preventing them from reaching the watercourses.

Throughout the scheme are a number of 4.2m totem-like structures filled with sculptures and carvings. The designs are inspired by the vibrant history of the area.

Collaboration is key to a thriving sustainable city and the success of Grey to Green is down to the joined-up efforts of the city, the universities, businesses, and local communities.


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