The Big Challenge: Looking for a new perspective

Rob Unwin has a key priority for the next year - trying to secure funding to keep the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) open on Leadmill Road in Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield Council is looking for new firms to run its waste services.

Council votes for flexibility as it cancels 35-year waste deal

Sheffield’s waste services are on the market after councillors voted to rip up the current contract with provider Veolia.
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Amey operations director Darren Butt and Sheffield Council's cabinet member for environment Bryan Lodge with one of the new trees planted under the Streets Ahead programme.

Sheffield Council pledges 'new start' on trees after year of protests

Sheffield Council says it is turning over a new leaf on tree felling after a year of controversy and protests.
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Protesters look on as Amey contractors fell a tree in Dunkeld Road, Sheffield.

Arrests won't deter Sheffield tree protesters from sending message to council

Sheffield tree campaigners have vowed to continue their protests despite the threat of arrests and court appearances.

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A proposed plan of the Sheffield Victoria HS2 option

HS2 proposals for Sheffield is 'looking like a cut price option'

A Sheffield MP has criticised the current proposals for HS2 coming into Sheffield as a 'cut price option'.

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The �150,000 'Cultural Destinations' grant will be used to promote attractions across Sheffield like the Tramlines music festival, Sheffield Food Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest

Feature: £150,000 boost for trailblazing cultural gem of a modern city

A walking trail of Sheffield’s modernist architectural gems is just one of the projects set to benefit from a £150,000 boost for local culture.


Special Report-Pictures: Migrating birds bring flurry of life to city skies

Once every few years, Scandinavians and Russians invade our supermarket car parks.

The Big Challenge: Serving up some food for thought in Sheffield

The Big Challenge: Serving up some food for thought in Sheffield

“Someone once said to me that Sheffield is a place where you can start or create anything, and they were right,” said Josephine Hercberg, director of the Real Junk Food Project in the city.

Tree protesters circle the town hall.

Protesters circle Town Hall in latest Sheffield tree demonstration

Hundreds of people formed a human yellow ribbon around the Town Hall in the latest shot at Sheffield Council’s tree policy.
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Crosspool has been slowly transformed  from working class to a more affluent Sheffield suburb

Old-fashioned, in a neighbourly way...

You only have to pick up a copy of the Crosspool Clarion, the quarterly newsletter of the middle class community to the west of Sheffield, to know that the residents like knowing what’s going on and looking after each other.


VIDEO: Flood risk home ‘not worth a penny’ after Streets Ahead pavement work

A fed-up Sheffield resident says council contractors have caused his home to flood after relaying the pavement outside his house.

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Chris Lockyer of the Thin Green Line charity (right) and retired ranger Gordon Miller birdwatching at Alport Castles

Sheffield ranger takes up role protecting nature

“I was incredibly honoured to be offered the chance to play a greater part in supporting my brother and sister rangers around the world,” said National Trust ranger Chris Lockyer, who at 26, joins the new UK board of the charity, partly to add a younger person’s view of the current challenges facing conservation.

The Thin Green Line has been supported by the British Royal Family, film stars and many others since its inception in Australia in 2007, said founder Sean Willmore, who handed the new role to Chris Lockyer on a recent visit to the Peak District.

“I was talking to a Masai ranger in Kenya this morning,” said Sean Willmore. “We all live on one planet, and rangers like Chris know many of their colleagues have it tougher than them, so their hearts go out every time they hear of a ranger attacked or killed, or a widow left behind.”

The foundation provides financial support to widows and families of rangers, two or three of whom are reported killed in the line of duty every week, said Sean, often by poachers or illegal loggers in Africa and Asia.

Chris relayed the story of Ranger Muhammed Akram, shot and then beheaded while trying to protect the mountain forests of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.

“Ranger Akram came across some illegal loggers in the forest. They offered him many times his monthly salary to leave, but he refused to take their bribes, so he was killed for performing his job,” said Chris.

“I’m sure he had an awareness of the importance of what he was protecting. It’s a role that’s not just for us in the here and now but for future generations and the planet as a whole. It was an incredible selfless act, and I think people in those situations need and deserve our support.”

Potential buyers of furniture made from exotic hardwoods should think about Ranger Akram, Chris said. “You could almost say that buying these things contributes to these situations. There’s no need to buy wood from a forest on the other side of the world, there’s plenty of wood produced in this country.”

Chris hopes his new role for The Thin Green Line Foundation will help him raise the profile of rangers around the world. “It will be an opportunity to help people interested in conservation and wildlife to understand that you can’t protect exotic animals like elephants and tigers unless you’re supporting the people who are in the firing line actively doing that work.”

“People here can’t be on the front line with these rangers, but they can be their allies,” said Sean Willmore. “They can organise a morning coffee with their friends, or a film showing, or a sponsored walk and say: ‘these men and women are doing brave work protecting wildlife I care about, so I’m going to stand behind them and give them my support’.”


Keeping the lights on in Dore

Calls have been made to protect trees which help form a popular Christmas attraction in Dore - after a Sheffield elm threatened with felling came second in a national competition.

12 Dec 2016...Natalie Bennett former leader of the Green Party. Picture Scott Merrylees

Interview: Why greener politics could create a recipe for victory

As the former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett swaps London for Sheffield in her bid to unseat Labour’s Paul Blomfield at the next election, she discusses her belief that change is on the cards.

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MP Louise Haigh

Sheffield MP helps force U-turn over sex education

Sheffield MP Louise Haigh, along with other campaigners, is celebrating a major victory with a government U-turn over sex education policy.

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Alan Story with the plaque in Western Road identifying the war memorial trees.

Sheffield Council to restore plaque identifying threatened war memorial trees

Sheffield Council has agreed to restore a plaque identifying a street of trees as war memorials - some of which it plans to cut down.
Tree felling in Rustlings Road, Sheffield.

Sheffield tree campaigner's warning over damage to homes caused by felling

Campaigners say the homes of Sheffield residents living near large trees could be damaged if they are felled.
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Campaigners highlight the plight of the Chelsea Road elm.

Sheffield elm misses out on Tree of the Year title

A Sheffield elm threatened with felling came second in a competition to find the country's favourite tree.
The abandoned Sheffield Ski Village. Photo: Chris Etchells

Bike or snow centre plan at ski village site

A mountain bike trail or a national snow centre could finally be on the way to replace the abandoned Sheffield Ski Village.

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