Blackburn Meadows

Blackburn Meadows

Blackburn Meadows is an area of former sewage treatment works land just inside the Sheffield (England) border at Tinsley.

In 1993 Sheffield City Council entered into a 99 year lease with Yorkshire Water to enable part of an area of former sewage works land at Blackburn Meadows to be reclaimed and turned into a nature reserve. The nature reserve is managed by a consortium consisting of Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, South Yorkshire Forest and Yorkshire Water. It has developed into an area of European significance for migrating birds and also supports a very active programme of school education visits run by the Wildlife Trust. In 2005 the City Council exercised an option to take over additional adjoining land as part of the reserve.

Blackburn Meadows is the lowest point within Sheffield City Council. The River Don flows out of the city under Templeborough railway bridge past a benchmark set at convert|29.27|m|ft|0 above sea level.

Blackburn Meadows Power Station

The power station was built between 1937 and 1942 and remained operational until the 1970s. After the demolition of the power station, two of its seven cooling towers were left standing due to their close proximity to the M1 motorway Tinsley Viaduct, which made the demolition of the convert|250|ft|m|0 towers dangerous to the motorway. On Sunday the 24 August 2008 at 3am, the two landmark towers were finally demolished with explosives, without damaging the motorway.

External links

* [ Sheffield City Council]
* [ Brief history of the power station]

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