Pedal power behind Sheffield green food scheme

Sheffield's New Roots is offering a delivery service using bicycles and trailers.
Sheffield's New Roots is offering a delivery service using bicycles and trailers.
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Veggie-loving volunteers are taking to two wheels in a novel project thought to be one of the greenest in Sheffield.

Residents can now have locally-grown, organic fruit and vegetables delivered using zero emissions – thanks to a group of cyclists who transfer it across the city from Broomhill shop New Roots.

New Roots on Glossop Road who offer a delivery service using bicycles and trailers

New Roots on Glossop Road who offer a delivery service using bicycles and trailers

They saddle up every Wednesday to carry special boxes to customers from the store on Glossop Road.

Astrophysics postgraduate student Liam Hardy, aged 24, said: “Anyone who hasn’t seen us before is always interested and we get lots of waves from friendly cyclists on our rounds.

“People are so excited when they have their dinner delivered by us.

“It really couldn’t be much greener – it is zero emissions and much of the produce is grown in Sheffield as well.

New Roots on Glossop Road who offer a delivery service using bicycles and trailers Parcels are sorted in the shop's basement

New Roots on Glossop Road who offer a delivery service using bicycles and trailers Parcels are sorted in the shop's basement

“We’ve done a supermarket comparison and for a lot of people it is cheaper than them going to the shops as well.”

The group deliver to about 20 customers at the moment, as well as supporting the Abundance project in delivering free, surplus fruit to various groups.

Boxes cost from £10, include seasonal produce and can be delivered within a few miles of the shop.

Liam said: “Sometimes if you have five boxes and are heading to Crookes it can be a bit tough.”

n For details, visit www.newroots.co.uk