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Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd: The Forge Garden

Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd

    Internationally renowned Sheffield engineering company Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd was one of many companies in the Don Valley badly affected by the floods of 2007.  The company’s response was to work with nature to reduce the risk of flooding by creating a one-acre wildlife area at the heart of the 64-acre site.
Designed by Wildscapes, the ‘Forge Garden’ now helps to protect the site from flooding and provides a corporate garden facility for both staff and visitors to enjoy.

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems collect run-off from an the car park adjacent to the Forge Garden- channelling into the wetland area. The scheme reduces the contribution to storm surges in an innovative, attractive  and sustainable way.
This new green space forms precious wildlife habitats and adds a splash of real colour within this important industrial site.

Mosaic of habitats introduced:
Woodland, wetland, meadow and specialist perennial planting (working in conjunction with Nigel Dunnett) were introduced to the brownfield site. Our ecologists carried out ongoing monitoring at Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd and support the company with its ecological needs.

Recycle and reuse!
Our design incorporates the innovative use of large industrial artefacts recovered from the site.
- Heavy steel rails have been transformed into pergolas
- 7 Seven tonne crucibles turned into giant ‘plant pots’ (image bottom right)

Did you know?
The 2007 floods caused £7 Billion worth of damage across the UK. The Wildlife Trusts Living Landscape Programme aims to tackle some of the climate change risks. 

Forge Masters were declared joint winner of the Business category of the Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards 2010 as a result of the impressive work that Wildscapes delivered on their Forge Garden!


Ring us to find out how your corporate garden facilities could be improved on 0114 2792667 or send us a query and we will get back to you.