THE 27th annual Sheffield Environment Weeks series was launched at a sun-drenched city centre event, with a brass fanfare and a taster of the exciting events on offer.
Lord Mayor Alan Law launched the six-week series, one of the city’s longest-running events and Loxley Silver band provided a soundtrack while families browsed 25 stalls of crafts and information about green living.
Since 1982 the Environment Weeks series has given Sheffield folk a chance to get out into the countryside or learn more about conservation, wildlife and the natural environment.
This year more than 80 groups and societies have come together to organise a programme of 200 events.
The schedule includes guided walks into the Peak District, conservation projects, lectures and children’s activities.
Pat Barsby, chair of the Environment Weeks working group, said: “The Environment Weeks have gone from strength to strength - growing from a one-week series of activities to six weeks with more than 200 events put on by 80 different groups and societies.
“I am very grateful to all the volunteers, community groups, organisations and sponsors who have supported the Environment Weeks this year.
“We believe that there is something of interest for everyone right across the city, so please go along and give them your support.”
On Saturday at 10am Sheffield RSPB group is hosting a walk in Bakewell to teach people how to identify resident and migrant birds.
Sheffield Conservation Volunteers is organising a one-day practical conservation project on Sunday from 9.30am until 4pm, meeting at the City Hall steps.
And on Friday, May 13, the Upper Don Walk Trust is putting on an exploration of Sheffield’s built and natural environment along the Don.
Full printed programmes listing the numerous events on offer are available in the city’s libraries, tourist offices and public buildings.
Details about every event in the series are also available on www.sheffieldenvironment.org.