Friends embark on challenge to visit every park in Sheffield

Jenni and Laura in some of the parks they have visited so far
Jenni and Laura in some of the parks they have visited so far
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Want to know where to find the best views, the most picturesque walks and the top park cafes in Sheffield?

Jenni Sayer and Laura Appleby could be the women to ask, after they embarked on a mission to visit every park in Sheffield this year.

Jenni and Laura in the Cholera Monument Grounds, overlooking Sheffield city centre

Jenni and Laura in the Cholera Monument Grounds, overlooking Sheffield city centre

The good friends aim to visit 100 parks, woodland areas and other green spaces across the city by the end of 2017 - and they're nearly halfway to that total already.

As well as being a good excuse to explore parts of the city's greenery they might not otherwise get to see, they undertook the challenge to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.

Jenni, from Meersbrook, said she and Laura had so much fun last year following 'The Herd' - a trail of painted elephant sculptures placed across the city - they wanted to set themselves a similar mission this year.

"We loved going to different places for The Herd and seeing parts of the city we hadn't seen before," said the 30-year-old, who works alongside Laura at Ruskin Mill Trust, a charity supporting people with learning difficulties.

"We wanted to do something for 2017 so we thought why not visit every park and raise a few quid along the way for a good cause."

Jenni and 32-year-old Laura, from Norfolk Park, began their challenge in March and have so far made it to 43 parks and other green spaces.

Some of their favourite 'discoveries' to date include Wharncliffe Quarry Gardens, which Jenni described as 'something else' , and Manor Fields Park, which she called 'stunning'.

As for the best place to eat, Jenni said Cafe Bistro, which operates out of a converted shipping container in Stannington Park, is winning so far thanks to its 'amazing' cronuts (a croissant-doughnut hybrid, for the uninitiated).

"It's been really amazing seeing what's out there and enjoying all the views," said Jenni.

"It's not just the bigger parks. A lot of the smaller local recreation grounds are really charming places.

"We've become like park guides. Friends are always asking us where they should go this weekend and which cafes they should visit."

To follow the pair's adventures, and to make a donation, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sheffieldparkproject.