Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Last updated: 22 November 2022

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Address and contact details
Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2LN
Tel: 0114 2686001
Fax: 0114 2676496
Web site:
Latitude: 57° 2' 20" N
Longitude: 01° 29' 53" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1836
Ownership:Sheffield Town Trust (administered by city council)
Garden code:SHELD
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Curator: Ian Turner
Contact person: Sue Willis-Worthington (Support Officer)
Total Staff:9 (7.8 Full Time Equivalents)
Total Horticultural Staff:8 (6.8 Full Time Equivalents)
Physical environment
Altitude:120 m
Soil type:Loam, acid
Total area:7.6 ha
Area heated:500m²
Weather recordsNo records kept (records from nearby)
Average daily:9.5 °C
Av. monthly max:12.8 °C
Av. monthly min:6.2 °C
Absolute maximum:34.3 °C (1990)
Absolute minimum:-14.6 °C (1995)
Direction:South and west
Strength:Below average
Average annual:818 mm
Month of maximum:December
Month of minimum:July
Plant collection
Special genera within the collections:
Weigela, Diervilla, Sarcococca
Special collections:
Weigela, NCCPG – 220 Accessions, 145 Taxa.
Diervilla, NCCPG – 15 Accessions, 10 Taxa
Sarcococca, NCCPG – 35 Accessions, 18 Taxa
Record Keeping:Kept since 1970
Record System:MS Access
Phenological records:No
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Library:Small library for Friends of Sheffield Botanic Garden only
Research facilities:Small amounts of research carried out in the Nursery
Publications:History of Sheffield Botanic Gardens Weigela/Diervilla, Gardening in dry-shade, Bulbs
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Vocational Training
Public Lectures and Practical demonstrations
Primary and secondary Education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, Shop
Access to the collections
Access conditions:Majority of site accessible for all. 2 Mobility scooters available (Free Hire)
Public access:Free admission
Programme of events throughout the year
Visitors per year:approximately 300,000
Public opening hours:Winter: Mon-Fri: 8am–4pm, Sat-Sun, BH: 10am–4pm
Summer: Mon-Fri: 8am–7.45pm (or dusk if earlier), Sat-Sun, BH: 10am–7.45pm (or dusk if earlier)
Guiding principles behind the collection
To develop the garden as a centre of excellence for horticulture, botanical education and interpretation, in the city, regionally and nationally.
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