A neglected area of important Sheffield woodland has been given a spring clean thanks to a donation from a city shopping centre.
Crystal Peaks mall celebrated its 25th anniversary by choosing 25 charities to support throughout its birthday year.
And one of those groups was the Friends of Shirtcliffe, the organisation that works on the preservation of one of the city’s most historic woodlands.
The Shirtcliffe Valley, between Handsworth and Woodhouse, was named a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation in the 1980s, when a wildflower meadow and new trees were planted.
Over the decades that followed though, the area became a neglected dumping ground - until, in 2006, the Friends of Shirtcliffe group was launched to restore and conserve the area.
Now a Love to Help grant of more than £200 from Crystal Peaks has allowed the Friends to buy safety equipment and tools so they can make a start on the next phase of the site’s preservation, making it safer and more welcoming for walkers.
“The Love to Help campaign was created to help as many different people and organisations as possible,” said Crystal Peaks centre manager Lee Greenwood.
“At Crystal Peaks we are very conscious of our impact on the environment and are always pleased to be help to conserve and develop the community around us.
“The Friends of Shirtcliffe project was a great example of how we can all work together to preserve our green spaces for future generations.”
* For more information about the Friends of Shirtcliffe visit www.friendsofshirtcliffe.co.uk.