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Community transforms Sheffield woodland

Members of the local community with one of the new insect hotels. This photo also includes Abbeydale TARA Chair, Stewart Holmes, Councillor Nikki Bond and a representative from Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Sheffield Council.

Members of the local community with one of the new insect hotels. This photo also includes Abbeydale TARA Chair, Stewart Holmes, Councillor Nikki Bond and a representative from Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Sheffield Council.

Residents from Abbeydale have united to help transform a dumping ground into an outdoor community space.

Around 50 people attended an event to look at the final plans for the woodland next to Dalton Court Community Centre, which was once an littered with old car parts and unwanted household items.

They helped to chose Abbeydale Wildlife Woodland as the new name for the area, and built insect hotels made of natural materials for the woodland.

The area was cleared by Sheffield Council last year and plans for the space have been drawn up following suggestions made at community consultation events.

Stewart Holmes, chairman of Abbeydale Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “We’re really proud of Abbeydale Wildlife Wood.

“The commitment and enthusiasm of local people have made sure it’s a great place for both the local community and wildlife to enjoy.”

The project is part of the Living with Nature programme run by Sheffield Council and the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham. The programme aims to improve the value and biodiversity of green spaces on Sheffield Council estates by working with local communities.

Coun Nikki Bond, who also attended the event, said: “It’s really important that the community has been so closely involved in the decision making for Abbeydale Wildlife Wood. Because of the work and support in the local community, this project has been a real success.”

 

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