Tuesday 9 January

One of the city’s best-loved parks described as the “lungs of Darnall” is set to be awarded charitable status.

The decision will mean that High Hazels Park, in the east of the city, will be protected for generations to come as a quality green space.

Registration as a charity will secure the provision of a park and recreation ground for use by the public to improve and maintain their quality of life.

High Hazels House in the olden days
High Hazels House in the olden days

The park, which was first created in 1850 by William Jeffcock, the city’s first elected mayor, is a 20-hectare area in Darnall.

In 1894, Sheffield City Council bought the land and house from the Duke of Norfolk and Mr Jeffcock for £10,875.

In 1895, the land was first used as a public recreation ground and was classed as one of the finest parks within the city of Sheffield.

In more recent times, the park has become one of the city’s most popular run routes and held various activities such as tennis and bowling, as well as continuing its close links with the nearby Tinsley Golf Club.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is brilliant news for High Hazels Park and the communities that use it. It is one of the city’s very best public spaces and with charitable status, it can only continue to thrive and grow.

“I am personally thrilled as the park is in my patch and one of the very best places to relax and unwind in the city.”

A lovely morning in High Hazels park
A lovely morning in High Hazels park

Following registration the park, as a charitable trust, will be subject to all the provisions of the Charities Act 2011 and the council, as sole trustee of the charity, will be regulated by the Charity Commission.

Sylvia Hamilton from the Friends of High Hazels Park, said: “Registering High Hazels Park as a Charitable Trust will secure its position for  future generations.

“High Hazels Park is a treasure in a very urban area and it has often been referred to as the lungs of Darnall. Its historical background is worth preserving.  It is a site where all the varied members of our very diverse community come together to enjoy walking, playing football, tennis and cricket and use the very popular play areas.”

The Council is set to agree the decision to submit the application to the Charity Commission at cabinet on Wednesday 17 January.