Bluebell Sheffield planting grew on children

Sheffield Homes bulb planting event
Sheffield Homes bulb planting event
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HUNDREDS of bluebell bulbs were planted in a Sheffield neighbourhood by schoolchildren and volunteers helping to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Fundraisers created a new bluebell wood at Dyke Vale Road, Hackenthorpe, to improve the area and support the charity at the same time.

People were invited to donate £1 for each bluebell they planted and also had the option to write a message for a loved one on a small card, which was tied to a dedication tree at the site. So far £260, has been raised from the event.

The event was part of the Living with Nature project, which involves Sheffield Homes, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Sheffield University and Sheffield Council and aims to improve play areas and open spaces across the city.

The Tree Council donated £700 to buy the bluebell bulbs and schools including Birley Spa, Rainbow Forge, St John’s Fisher and City Secondary all took part in the planting.

Jon Lovibond, joint chief operating officer at Sheffield Homes, said: “Planting a bluebell wood is part of the design for the site, so we thought as well as improving the area and making it a more appealing open space, we could raise money for a worthy cause at the same time. We want to encourage as many people as possible to take part and donate £1 for a bluebell, which will not only make a lasting difference to the area but also help a local charity continue with its amazing work.”

■ Members of the public who want to make further £1 donations for bluebells planted are asked to call Kate Bradshaw at Sheffield Homes on 0114 20 53689 or Hackenthorpe Tenants and Community Association on 0114 247 7316.