Wet / Land / Dwellers
Shire Brook Valley / Woodhouse Washlands
with Arts Catalyst
for Emergent Ecoloigies 2021-22
At the border of Sheffield and Rotherham, directly east of Sheffield, lies an expansive, unpredictable and complex landscape; of the River Rother, Woodhouse Washlands, Beighton Marsh and the Shire Brook Valley. To the east the former agricultural lands still host farmland that creep towrds residential areas, and to the north, the site of the former Oregave Colliery / Coking Plant harbours traumatic stories as the site of the so-called ‘Battle of Orgreave’ during the 1984 miners strike (see Self-Organisation Against Injustice).
Developing the approach started in Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary, we worked across this landscape, with local communities including the Woodhouse Forum, Victoria Allotments, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, and local authority rangers.
The project website is under construction.
See summary here