January 29th 2014

New flower meadow planting at nearby Sheaf Training

New flower meadow planting at nearby Sheaf Training

Since it’s one of those January days where it rains and never seems to get light, I thought I’d pay tribute to Sheffield’s wonderful wildflower and meadow planting schemes, which spring up on empty building plots, roadside verges, parks and open spaces. A combination of initiatives over the years by the City Council, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Green Estates, Sheffield University and voluntary groups, they reflect Sheffield’s Biodiversity Action Plan. As you probably know, Sheffield University Landscapes Department also designed the wonderful Olympic Parks wildflower planting. This year, anyone driving to Rotherham would also have seen their ‘River of Colour’ meadow planting of roadside verges and central reservations- as beautiful as Sheffield’s.               Conditions: Slight Easterly breeze, rain or cloud. Temperature: Max 5- Min 1

The meadows on Earl Marshall Estate, looking towards the Northern General Hospital.

The meadows on Earl Marshall Estate, looking towards the Northern General Hospital.

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