Biggest village gets two greens

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SHEFFIELD has long been described as the biggest village in England.

But, if that’s really the case, where’s the village green?

This weekend came the answer... when communities came together to create not one, but two, village greens on the city’s urban streets.

In Broomhill an Alternative Village Show saw neighbourhood group BANG close off the car parking spaces outside the main shopping parade in order to erect marquees and judge entries to the show.

The quintessentially English feel was provided by garden produce, baked goods and jams - which jostled for position alongside entries to light-hearted competition categories including comedy vegetables and edible art.

In the recycling competition tent - where entrants were encouraged to fashion something new from an object they no longer wanted - Maisey King was hoping a hat made from an old purple pullover would clinch top prize.

Maisey, aged eight, a pupil at Lydgate Junior School in Crosspool who was visiting the show with mum Julliet, said: “I didn’t start off making it to be a hat - it just sort of evolved that way...”

Her American-born mum simply loved the village green vibe.

Julliet, from Ranmoor, said: “We are originally from Colorado but we have been living in Sheffield for a year now.

“While I have been here I have often wondered what a village show would be like. I have to say I never imagined it would be anything like this!”

Just down from the recycling tent was a fenced-off area for animals - inflatable animals, that is.

Little Cara Gray, aged two, from Lodge Moor was fascinated by the lighter than air creatures.

The Broomhill village show was followed by a second village green event in the city centre yesterday - where a part of The Moor had been grassed over for the day.

Workers from Greystones gardening firm Hallam Horticultural created a lawn where once an expanse of lifeless concrete had been.

There was plenty of fun family entertainment to be had, with Morris men, rides, a coconut shy, hook a duck and a face painter.

And the Escafeld brass band played tiddly-om-pom-pom as eagle owls swooped in a birds of prey demonstration by Paul Smart of Sheffield-based Party Animal Experience.