Marianne Farrell, who works in the Community Law team at Sheffield City Council, is just one example of someone who is passionately backing the University of Sheffield’s campaign to win a public vote for Big Lottery Funding for Love Square through the national Grow Wild competition, led by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Marianne, often works in the city’s family court which is right next to Love Square, said:  “Whenever I’ve told people about Love Square the reaction has been so positive – they’ve all voted straight away.”

Marianne Farrell (right) with Louise Cook from University of Sheffield at the Love Square Grow Wild exhibition in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens in October 2014

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“I got hold of the plans and left them on my desk at work and people saw them as they walked by.  There’s been a huge amount of interest in the plans – from people who I would never have thought would be interested in such a thing.”

“There’s nowhere for anyone who works around here to sit or go at lunchtimes – just the odd wall to sit on is what people have to make do with. The area’s not served with cafes and places to go at the moment.”

Marian said there is currently nowhere for people going through difficult family proceedings at Sheffield’s law courts to sit and relax – and nearby Love Square could be the answer.

“It would be tremendous and an amazing asset.  Being able to sit in a little area of calm might help people manage their emotions and the impact of being surrounded by nature has got to be beneficial.  It would be absolute haven’

“I am desperate for Sheffield to win this funding to create a beautiful space. Passing by on the bus everyday I can almost see the finished garden and the difference it would make.”

Sheffield is competing against four other projects across the country for the chance to win £120,000 to establish a National Flagship Site to demonstrate excellence in transforming a neglected urban site.  The plans for Love Square to turn a derelict piece of land off Love Street into a vibrant community space full of wildflowers will benefit the tens of thousands of people who live and work in the area in many different ways – everyone has their own story.

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