Dig in to help Sheffield woodland

University of Sheffield students building a bug hotel at Holly Hagg
University of Sheffield students building a bug hotel at Holly Hagg
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Busy little bees can enjoy a day’s family fun and help create wildlife habitats at a Sheffield community garden project.

The Friends of Holly Hagg are to hold a ‘Seedy Saturday’ on April 5, from 2pm to 5pm at the three-acre community food and wildlife project, near Crosspool.

Parents and children can help sow sunflower and other pollen-rich seeds in the nectar bed to attract bees and butterflies, as well as help create bug habitats at the free event.

A fruit orchard, traditional hedges and vegetable beds have already been planted on the hillside off Stephen Hill, by a team including organising committee members, volunteers and university students.

Volunteer helper Giesela Hawthorne-Slater, from Stannington, said: “My family and I always enjoy the time we spend at Holly Hagg and the open day was especially fun.

“ The whole clan went along for the day – hubby, grumpy teen, inquisitive toddler and even the exuberant hound.

“We met interesting and engaging people, made friends – and scarecrows – and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and environment.

“The boys, old and young, had a wonderful time digging for treasure while I bobbed for apples.

“Holly Hagg has a wonderful ambience, offering an escape from the everyday humdrum.

“We always feel welcome and love to hear about the ideas and projects that are under way, seeing their progress and helping out when and where we can. “

Everyone is welcome to join in the frequent events and working days at Holly Hagg, although children must be supervised due to several deep pools of water.

For details, visit www.facebook.com/HollyHagg