Call to help cement Sheffield’s green reputation

The Garden Up event at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield
The Garden Up event at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield
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Sheffield has long been loved for its two million trees, equivalent to four per resident living in the city.

Its numerous parks - from Endcliffe in the south west of the city to High Hazels in the north - are popular all year round and its proximity to the Peak District one of the reasons so many graduates stay.

Now Sheffield Council chiefs are urging residents to help cement the leafy city’s reputation as the outdoor capital of the UK by taking part in an online poll.

Edinburgh was winning in the Countryfile contest last week but now Sheffield is in first place with almost 4,000 votes.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “Sheffield is undoubtedly the best city in the UK for lovers of the countryside.

“Our city boundary extends into the Peak District national park and we are surrounded on all sides by some of the most beautiful countryside in the world – as showcased to millions during the magnificent Tour de France Grand Depart.

“I would urge all Sheffielders to keep voting and ensure we claim the crown that is rightfully ours.”

Earlier this year a new A study by Sheffield Hallam University found activities such as climbing, cycling, mountain biking, walking and running generate more than £53m a year for the local economy and encourage people to be fit and healthy.

Some 66 per cent of people in Sheffield take part in outdoor recreation – more than 6 per cent above the national average.

The city has the highest household spend on outdoor equipment in the country, and more than 200 outdoor equipment businesses.

Visit www.countryfile.com/poll/vote-best-uk-city-country-lovers to vote.