Sheffield has been chosen to pilot a new ‘natural heritage’ initiative which will give community groups cash for projects.
The city is the first to benefit from Yorkshire’s Back Garden – a large scale campaign aimed at highlighting the county’s natural heritage such as rivers, wildlife and woods.
Heritage Lottery Fund bosses say Sheffield was chosen because it has a ‘surprisingly rich natural heritage.’
The wildlife of the River Don and the giant redwood trees in hidden Whinfell Quarry Gardens are said to be ‘as much a part of the heritage of the city as Weston Park Museum or Sheffield Cathedral.’
Drew Bennellick, head of landscape and natural heritage at Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Nature is everywhere but few have knowledge of the vital role nature plays in sustaining our lives.
“HLF funding offers a great opportunity to fund projects to re-connect people to nature and to explore this fascinating, if often hidden, world around us.”
Projects paid for by the fund in Sheffield include digging up the foundations of medieval Tinsley Manor using a £50,000 grant for the archaeological work.
In Whinfell Quarry Gardens off Ecclesall Road South, which also has 200 varieties of alpine plants, grants totalling £60,000 were used to restore the gardens.
Yorkshire’s Back Garden will launch on Thursday at Weston Park Museum.