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THE deadline has almost been reached for this year’s Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards - but there’s still just enough time to nominate the individuals, schools, community groups and businesses helping to make the city a greener, more eco-friendly place to live.

The sixth annual awards ceremony is taking place at Sheffield City College’s new £60m building on October 15, with prizes being handed out in nine categories before an overall winner is chosen.

Among the nominees so far is heritage roofing specialist Martin-Brooks, in the running for the business category.

Craftsmen from the firm have recently been tasked with re-roofing a new workshop and visitors’ centre at the historic Shepherd Wheel in Whiteley Woods.

Shepherd Wheel was originally used to manufacture knives and is one of three locations preserved in Sheffield as examples of the city’s manufacturing heritage.

Martin-Brooks also helped to restore a former cart shed and smithy that are home to a colony of bats at Hardwick Hall.

Experts for the company had to incorporate purpose-made bat slates into the rear slopes of the grade II listed buildings and install special roofing felt for the winged mammals.

The firm was also responsible for re-roofing Saint Barnabas Church in Bradwell, using old and new slates from Cumbria.

Meanwhile, environmental charity Green City Action has been nominated in the community category.

The charity, based in Burngreave, delivers environmental regeneration projects run in partnership with the local community.

Green City Action is currently running a project called School For Vegetables at Grimesthorpe Allotments, which aims to help and support people who want to grow their own vegetables.

Schoolchildren have been able to go on educational visits to the allotments, learning how to sow seeds, harvest and taste vegetables.

Green City Action also offers short courses for beginners in vegetable gardening, offering tips on soil preparation and planting.

Another nomination in the community category is Heeley City Farm.

The farm provides environmental, health, food and farming education to thousands of visitors each year, as well as running training programmes and creating jobs.

Award categories are - individual, business, community, innovation, building and design, recycling, primary school, senior school and lifetime achievement.

The main sponsor this year is E.ON, which has been working with Sheffield Council for the last 18 months, bringing together private and public sector organisations to develop energy projects.

Email entries along with supporting evidence to, closing date tomorrow, 12 noon.