The agenda for the next South East Sheffield Countryside and ECO Advisory Group meeting, plus minutes from the most recent meeting held Wednesday 19th September 2012, are available from the Downloads page.
Friends of Heathlands Park have organised a fungi-find event starting in Heathlands Park on 30th October 2012 10am (the Tuesday of the half term holiday if you have school children). The event will be led by local expert Michael Senkans. There are many types of fungus both in Heathlands Park, down the hill in the woodland (to the east) and towards the Holbrook Marshes in this, one of the most bio-diverse areas of Sheffield. Find out what you can and cannot eat – or just come along for the walk, which we anticipate will take roughly a couple of hours. Please make sure you wear some waterproof boots/shoes though, as it can get muddy once we are out of the park! Again, this is a free event arranged by the Friends of Heathlands Park and provided by Sheffield City Council in conjunction with the Sheffield Landscape Trust.
Meet at Heathlands Park at the black railings at the end of Oxclose Park Way, S20 8GS.
Click here to view the poster for this event
On Saturday 13th October 2012 10.30am to 2.00pm, there is the annual Beighton Orchard Apple Day where you can pick your own apples to eat or have them crushed to make your very own apple juice! Bring a carrier bag with you and you can take some home or just come to learn about our local varieties, many of which are featured in the orchard (most of which have also been replicated in the Heathlands Park Orchard – some literally as two teams of FOHP members took part in grafting and budding events at Beighton and we used their nursery plot before transplanting them into Heathlands). The event is free as is the parking on Robin Lane (just by the church).
Meet at Beighton Orchard – located off Robin Lane near the Methodist Chapel. Walk down the public footpath to the metal gates on the left (Beighton Orchard entrance).
Click here to view the poster for this event
Committee members of the Friends of Heathlands Park will be hosting a stall at the Halfway Nursery Infant School Summer Fayre on Saturday 23rd June 2012 – starting 12.30pm and finishing 4pm.
As well as being able to have some fun at the Summer Fayre you’ll be able to meet Chair and Vice Chair of Friends of Heathlands Park and find out more information Heathlands Park and how the Friends make the Park a valuable asset to the community.
To find out how to get to Halfway Nursery Infant School this Saturday 23rd June, please click here.
The Environmental department at Sheffield City Council have arranged a series of events in Sheffield under the banner “Sheffield BioBlitz”. Many of the events are on the South side of Sheffield although none of these events are directly being organised and hosted by the Friends of Heathlands Park.
One local event is on Friday 18th May 2012, between 14:00 and 16:30, and is being organised by the Sorby natural history society (hosted by Derek Whiteley). The event is a walk through and recording of flora and forna in the Holbrook Marshes. Derek has hosted many of the events which have taken place under the FOHP banner (some of you probably remember him from the Bat Walk) and he is a mine of information if you have any questions.
The details of this event are available on our downloads page. The meeting point is on Station Road, the road linking Halfway Tram Terminus with Killarmarsh. The location on Station Road is at the public footpath next to the petrol station. Use this map for the exact location.
If you would like to see what other events are taking place (and there are a lot that week and over the coming month), the link to the Sheffield Environment Weeks website is http://www.sheffieldenvironment.org/events. There is lots of information about events and groups on this website which is constantly being updated so you might want to bookmark it!
Anyone is welcome to become a “Friend of Heathlands Park” (abbreviated as FOHP). We do ask that members donate a very small subscription fee – which combined with all our members donations enables us to buy the compulsory small group annual insurance – with the remaining funds going towards minimal costs, of which have enabled us to apply for grants (which are only available to non-profit groups such as the FOHP).
Since formation, the FOHP has had subscriptions totalling under £400 from members which, when combined with our activities and successful grant applications, have raised over £21,000 worth of extra spending for the park. This significant amount of money has enabled us all to have extra play equipment, develop the orchard and plant approximately 10,000 bulbs. None of this would have been possible without FOHP.
To become a new member, or to renew an existing FOHP subscription, please visit our downloads page.
The Events section in the web site has been updated. A “Fungi Walk” has been organised to take place on 30th October 2012 – 10am by the black railings on Oxclose Park Way/Heathlands Park.
The next meeting of the group will be the AGM to be held at 6pm on Wednesday 18th April at Halfway Junior School – Main entrance then first door / room on the left. Formal business will include the 2011 accounts, report of the Committee and election of the Committee for 2012, but more importantly we look forward to you joining us to share ideas for the future of the park.
The Friends of Heathlands Park have been busy moving their web site to a new hosting company – with the kind help of Killer-Byte.