Hedgehog foes

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Someone said recently that there weren’t many hedgehogs about.

I wonder if it’s a coincidence that there are a lot of badgers about, as it’s a well known fact that badgers eat hedgehogs as well as chickens.

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Do you recall summer house?

the article on Bingham Park (Sep 7) was most interesting as, along with Endcliffe, this was my local park in which I spent many enjoyable hours as a child in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

I don’t know if anyone of my age, 69, remembers, but there was once a small summer-house halfway up the main path just before reaching the top gates. It overlooked Nether Green and Ranmoor but even when I was a child it had been allowed to fall into disrepair. It no longer had any glass in the windows and its blue paintwork was peeling off.

However, it still provided good shelter when there was a downpour. Eventually the wooden frame rotted away and all that was left was the platform where it had once stood and two stone steps that led up to the doorway.

I don’t know whether these remains still exist but I am sure that when the park was first opened in 1911 it would have been a very attractive feature. I would be interested to know if anyone else remembers it being there.

Susan Richardson, Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor

Friends of green Oak Park have been selected for funding from NatWest Bank. We would like to ask people of Sheffield to give us their vote.

We work to make a better environment for all park users and would like to install outdoor musical equipment for the disabled and toddlers.

To vote please visit natwestcommunityforce.com and register your vote. The voting ends on Oct 23.


Bus pass delays

I was talking to a lady at the bus stop who has just turned 60 but has to wait another 18 months or two years for her pass. Yet you see people get free bus passes from 18 to 50 years old. Why?

J Tompkins, Scampton Lodge, S5

Exercised freedom of speech

in your article about my friend Daniel Parker, it says that he ‘stoked up hatred’ and used ‘unacceptable behaviour’.

All he did really was exercise his right to freedom of speech.

For someone to burn a poppy on armistice day during the parade and only get a £50 fine... now that is stoking up hatred and unacceptable behaviour.

For someone to burn an American flag outside of the US embassy on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and to not be punished in any way is unacceptable.

On the day of the 7/7 attacks I bet quite a lot of people in this country was wishing Muslim bombers were off our streets. To get eight months jail for saying only that is a disgrace!

Dean Hewitt