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23 Aug

 

 

 

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Sheffield’s parks and woodlands awarded national acclaim

31 Jul

Thirteen of Sheffield City Council’s parks and woodlands have again received national recognition at the Green Flag Awards, retaining the highest number of flags in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Green spaces across Sheffield and in the city centre are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space is accessible, boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Firth Heritage Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Cholera Monument Grounds and Clay Wood, Devonshire Green, Peace Gardens, Sheffield Winter Gardens, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Weston Park, Meersbrook Park, Millhouses Park, Ecclesall Woods, Wheata Woods and Tinsley Green have all retained their quality status and will proudly fly the Green Flag as a symbol of the excellent standards maintained within the parks.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Once again I’m thrilled that Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Sheffield such a high number of Green Flag awards for our beautiful parks and green spaces across the city.

“As one of the greenest cities in Europe it’s no surprise that Sheffield tops the table in Yorkshire and the Humber for these awards. Green spaces are on the doorstep wherever you live in Sheffield and we’re proud to maintain such high standards so that they can be enjoyed by everyone.

“Despite the budget pressures faced by the council we’re still investing in parks and maintaining service standards at a very high level. This week we officially reopen the playground at one of the city’s most-loved parks, Norfolk Heritage Park, where we’ve invested £275,000 to complete major transformation works at the site.

“These awards clearly demonstrate our commitment to improving and protecting Sheffield’s parks for the benefit of our local communities, and the many thousands of visitors who come to experience life here in The Outdoor City.”

As well as attracting those who enjoy outdoor leisure activities, Sheffield’s parks play host to many popular events and festivals, raising the city’s profile nationally and internationally. The British Bouldering Championships (part of Cliffhanger Festival) and the screening of last week’s World Cup semi-final were held at Devonshire Green, Music in the Gardens and Art in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens and this weekend Tramlines Festival moves to Hillsborough Park with up to 40,000 people expected to attend, plus fringe events hosted in both the Peace Gardens and Devonshire Green.

Two further Green Flags were also awarded to Manor Fields (submitted by Green Estate) and Wyming Brook Nature Reserve (submitted by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust).

Green Flag Community Awards were also awarded to Grenoside Green (applied for by Friends of Grenoside Green) Firth Park Community Allotment, Heeley City Farm, Norfolk Park Community Garden, Wortley Hall Walled Garden (all applied for by Heeley City Farm) and Meersbrook Community Walled Garden (applied for by Meersbrook Park Users Trust).

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, health and safety, sustainability, heritage and community involvement.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

For all the latest news and events on Sheffield’s parks and green spaces follow @parkssheffield on Twitter, Sheffield Parks and Countryside on Facebook or visit The Outdoor City website at http://theoutdoorcity.co.uk/

For more information about the Green Flag awards visit the website at http://greenflagaward.org/

 

Brown Bins in Sheffield

31 Jul

Coming soon – your new brown bin! Your brown bin will be the same size as your black bin. Thanks to the pupils of Norton Free C of E Primary School for explaining the changes to our household recycling service https://youtu.be/6ktb_vyMYkQ

For more information visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/bins

Your new brown bin (main video)

https://youtu.be/6ktb_vyMYkQ

When will my new brown bin be collected?

https://youtu.be/PRG2m4sgy4E

What shall I do with my blue box when it’s replaced by the brown bin?

https://youtu.be/pfVyuUrzApY

What can I put in my new brown bin?

https://youtu.be/Pc16jpaZdEY

Improvements to your bin collections

13 Jul

Coming soon – your new brown bin

We are making changes to improve your recycling service and in the next few weeks you will receive a new brown bin.  These changes will make it easier for you to recycle, and save money for the city.

How will your new recycling service work?

  • Week 1 black bin
  • Week 2 brown bin (glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and cans)
  • Week 3 black bin
  • Week 4 blue bin (paper and card)

When will your new service start?

If you live in the north of Sheffield you will receive your new brown bins in August or September.

If you live in the south of Sheffield you will receive your new brown bin in September or October

When we deliver your brown bin, we will put a leaflet with your new collection calendar through your letterbox.

What do I need to do now?

Please keep using your blue bin and blue box as normal.

We will put a sticker on your blue bin when it is time for you to start using your blue bin for paper and card and your brown bin for glass, cans and plastic bottles.

Look out for a leaflet explaining the changes which will be delivered through your letterbox next week.

You can find more information on the Sheffield City Council and Veolia websites

To subscribe to bin collection updates click here and add in your email address.

Sheffield General Cemetery awarded National Lottery millions for restoration

13 Jul

Sheffield’s General Cemetery has been awarded more than £3 million pounds of National Lottery funding, following a successful bid by Sheffield City Council for plans to complete major restoration and improvement work at the site.

The funding, raised by National Lottery players and awarded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, aims to conserve the heritage and improve facilities and access to create a safe and welcoming public park for the local community.

The project is planned to start later in 2018 and will run up to Winter 2022.

Today’s announcement is part of £6.2million of funding awarded to three cemeteries across the UK. Sheffield City Council’s Parks and Countryside service received stage one development funding of £429,000 to progress their plans for the cemetery two years ago, and then applied for the full grant earlier this year.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work to protect the heritage infrastructure, transforming the site into a well-used heritage and wildlife park that will be enjoyed and explored by people of all ages and interests.

During the project a range of community activities and events will take place giving people the opportunity to become involved and learn more about the historic importance of this site. A programme of education and training activities will be offered for all ages and abilities at different stages of the project. Importantly, support will be provided for volunteers so that they can continue to help manage the park and its heritage into the future.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for Sheffield and this wonderful historic site. After the hard work we put in to the development plans, I’m delighted that this important project has been recognised by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and National Lottery Players, and to have their support in bringing our plans to life.  

“The General Cemetery is one of Sheffield’s hidden gems but maintaining the site has presented many challenges due to the cemetery’s age and unique structure. I’d like to thank the volunteers who’ve supported this work from the Friends of the General Cemetery and Sheffield General Cemetery Trust, whose efforts have been invaluable and to reassure people that we will continue to work with all interested parties and the local community as the scheme progresses.

“Located just ten minutes from our city centre, the General Cemetery is valued for its unique historic character, abundance of plants and wildlife and links to the Peak District. This investment means we can now realise the true potential that lies within this beautiful, historic park for current and future generations.”

The General Cemetery has been in decline in recent years and is currently listed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

This new project will repair the historic Egyptian Gateway, catacombs, Dissenters Wall and other key monuments and memorials. It will improve access and pathways around the site, the history of the site will be better interpreted and shared, and the landscaping will be restored.

The Sheffield General Cemetery opened in 1836 as a response to overcrowding and poor conditions in Sheffield’s churchyards. It was one of the earliest commercial cemeteries of its kind in the UK, conceived at a time when Sheffield was at the cutting-edge of cultural reform and technical innovation.

On behalf of the HLF and Big Lottery Fund, Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “Historic cemeteries reveal much of the past but their true value to local communities and wildlife is firmly in the here and now. This is a pioneering project that, with National Lottery investment, will help people to understand, tap into and enjoy the many benefits these community greenspaces provide.”

The Grade II* registered park is one of the city’s finest historical assets and is home to 10 listed structures/buildings including catacombs, monuments, gateways, the Non-Conformist Chapel, the Anglican Chapel and the Gatehouse lodge.

The cemetery charts the fascinating history of the city’s growth, through those who are buried there, such as Mark Firth (1880) the highly successful Sheffield Industrialist, benefactor of Firth Park and founder of The University of Sheffield; George Bassett (1886) founder of Bassett’s Sweets; and the Cole Brothers, owners of the well-known Sheffield store. Several members of the world’s first football club, Sheffield FC are also buried there including William Prest co-writer of the first rule book, his funeral procession in 1885 saw the roads lined with several thousand mourners.

Cllr Lea added: “Whether you enjoy a gentle stroll, a picnic, bird spotting, a history tour, a lunchtime run or ride out to the Peaks, our plans for Sheffield General Cemetery Community Park will make it an even more popular attraction that is accessible to all and can be enjoyed for centuries to come.”

The Sheffield General Cemetery is bordered by Cemetery Road, Montague Street, Stalker Walk and the Porter Brook, it is open to the public at all times.

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All action city centre takeover as Cliffhanger festival returns to Sheffield

6 Jul

A weekend packed full of action and adventure is upon us as Cliffhanger festival returns to Sheffield tomorrow (Friday 6 July).

The event, sponsored by the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District) and billed as Sheffield’s inner city festival celebrating all things outdoors, will stretch across city centre locations including the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Winter Garden from Friday, 6 July until Sunday, 8 July.

Live music kicks things off from 6pm on the Friday evening in Devonshire Green with some of Sheffield’s hottest emerging talent taking to the stage, plus refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets.

Saturday and Sunday will see Sheffield transformed into a giant outdoor playground, for big kids, little kids and all with professional demonstrations and sports activities including climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, orienteering, caving and much more. The Sheffield City Urban Orienteering Race will take place on Sunday.

There’s plenty of action taking place in each area across the weekend, with some new additions for this year such as a 5k run on Saturday and Sunday at 10am from Devonshire Green with the full low down available at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger.

Once again, the highlight of the weekend will be the British Bouldering Championships, where the nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a purpose-built bouldering wall in Devonshire Green.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for culture parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Since moving Cliffhanger Festival to the city centre two years ago, the weekend is now a well-established and well-anticipated event on Sheffield’s major events calendar and is growing year on year.

“With its city centre location and free entry, the festival is accessible to everyone, giving people the chance to try out new activities such as parkour or caving and experience the thrill of outdoor adventure.

“Cliffhanger perfectly demonstrates Sheffield’s status as The Outdoor City and our unrivalled offer of big city life and the great outdoors. And with what looks like guaranteed sunshine for the weekend I would encourage everyone to come along for a piece of the action.”

Cliffhanger kicks off a very busy month with a series of events taking place in Sheffield City Centre this July. HSBC City Ride brings traffic-free, family-friendly cycling on 15 July and The Fringe at Tramlines will be showcasing the best of Sheffield’s emerging local talent on 21 & 22 July.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “This is the third time Sheffield city centre has played host to Cliffhanger and it is fantastic to see tens of thousands of people out enjoying action-packed activities for free in the heart of The Outdoor City.

“The BID is pleased to have played a part in bringing Cliffhanger into the city centre and making it free for all. The event gets more popular each year, driving footfall and increasing dwell time in the city centre. Cliffhanger helps promote Sheffield as an exciting, dynamic leisure destination for lovers of the outdoors from across the UK and beyond.”

This year for the first time the British Bouldering Championships will be broadcast live by the BBC, via BBC Sport live streaming service, viewable across the world at www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live-guide and on the BBC Sport app.

There will be two separate broadcasts on Sunday 8 July, showing the semi-finals at 10.25am and the finals at 5.15pm.

The championships will also be streamed on BMC’s own YouTube channels, collectively reaching an audience of thousands across the world.

All you need to know about the hot contenders at this year’s championships is on the BMC website at www.thebmc.co.uk/british-bouldering-championships-2018-contenders.

Round-up of activities and stalls over the weekend:

Devonshire Green

British Bouldering championships, orienteering, climbing walls, parkour, live music, bar, food stalls and outdoors trade stalls.

Barkers Pool

British Cycling, zip line, fairground rides and food stalls.

Town Hall Square

Airbag Drop and the Wipe Out ride.

Peace Gardens / millennium Square

BMX display, Scouts obstacle course, Tough Guy assault course, Dive World, skateboarding, caving, Up & Running stall, fairground rides, food stalls and outdoors trade stalls, plus Heart Radio providing children’s activities.

Winter Garden

Friends of the Peak District, The Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Ecclesall Woodcrafts, Don Catchment River Trust, Eastern Moors Partnership, NHS Blood and Transplant Donation and Henna Tattoo  (Sunday only)

Tudor Square

Green Top Circus aerial trapeze workshop, fairground ride, food stalls.

Live music line-up for Devonshire Green stage:

Friday

  • 6.15pm – James Taplin
  • 7pm – Patrick Rose
  • 7.45pm – Patrick Ludwig
  • 8.30pm – From Carbon
  • 9.15pm – Treebeard

Saturday

  • 4.15pm –  Catherine Levi
  • 5.30pm – Late Night Legacy
  • 6.15pm – Homesteads
  • 7pm – Lateral Vision
  • 7.45pm – Harriet Rose Grant
  • 8.30 – Unidentified
  • 9.15 – Idle Ross

Sunday

2-3pm : Charlie Barker

Admission to Cliffhanger is completely free, though there may be a small charge for some of the activities.

For more information about Cliffhanger visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger, follow @theoutdoorcity on Twitter (#cliffhanger) or join the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/384034878762770/

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Cliffhanger Map

Cliffhanger Music Stage Lineup Poster

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Wardsend Cemetery – Anniversary Event

4 Jun

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