Listings: Outdoors

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April 20 - April 27 2017

Open afternoon: at the Shire Brook Valley Visitor Centre, Stone Lane, Woodhouse. Sunday 23rd April - 1pm to 3.30pm. Pond dipping, displays and refreshments. further details contact 2694978.

THE RAMBLERS SHEFFIELD GROUP: Buses from Interchange unless otherwise stated. SUN 23 APRIL - 9:00, 120 Bus (Flat Street) to Fulwood Shops (SK304853) start 9:25. Forge Dam, Ringinglow, Houndkirk Road, Totley Moor, Barbrook, Gardoms Edge, Baslow. 13 miles linear, moderate. No dogs. WED 26 APRIL - 9:36, Train to Chapeltown (SK355964) start 9:50. Chapeltown, Wharncliffe Chase, Chapeltown 11 miles circular, intermediate. THURS 27 APRIL - 9:40, 271 bus to Fox House (SK267803) start 10:20. A walk around Totley Moor and Blackamoor surveying paths. There may be opportunity to do some simple map route finding for those wishing to improve map reading skills. Finish at Dore 5 miles linear, intermediate. No dogs. (rambles@sheffieldramblers.org,www.sheffieldramblers.org).

Your next step?: The Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club welcomes hillwalkers interested in extending their range. Club cottages in Lakes and Dales. Year-round meets across Britain and overseas. Next meets are Lake District (Duddon valley then Ullswater) and NW Scotland. Wyoming in August. Try yrc.org.uk, facebook.com/yrcuk, Helen via membership@yrc.org.uk or Michael 07814010165.

Friends of the Botanical Gardens (FOBS): volunteer working days, beginners and experienced gardeners are welcome to join us in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens on Wednesdays, 10am to noon. Approach from the Thompson road Garden Entrance (off Ecclesall Road) and walk up the drive past the South Lodge, through the ‘behind the scenes’ Green Iron Gate (next to the toilet block on your right) and go up to the greenhouse. Tools are provided but wear appropriate clothing including sturdy footwear and bring gardening gloves. We look forward to meeting you. Visit fobssheffield.co.uk for more information.

Step by Step Walking Group: Meets every Monday at Ecclesfield Library. 9.30-10.30. Call Ecclesfield Library 0114 246 3615 for further information.

Muck In Days: are run by the National Trust staff at Longshaw and the Eastern Moors Partnership team, which is a joint initiative between the RSPB and the National Trust. They aim to give people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to volunteer in some of the Peak District’s most beautiful landscapes. Tasks are all family friendly and directly lead to the improvement of the environment for people and for wildlife. Youngsters taking part regularly in the Muck In Days can become Junior Rangers, working towards stickers, badges and even a Junior Ranger T-shirt! All are welcome to join us at this free event. Simply call 01433 631757 or email jenny.gerrans@nationaltrust.org.uk to book your place and get information about meeting place. You can stay and help the rangers for as little or as long as you like, so bring food and drinks to suit your own needs. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and wear suitable outdoor clothing. To find out more about our monthly Muck In Days, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/longshaw

Community Work Days: volunteer opportunity with Sheffield Wildlife Trust land management team on a day of practical work varying from footpath improvement and access, to habitat and vegetation management. Tools, gloves, and refreshments provided Greno Woods, Grenoside, fourth Friday of the month, 10am-3pm, meet at the Woodhead Road car park (nature.reserves@wildsheffield.com, 2634335).

Cookery: join expert food forager Chris Bax to learn how to find and identify edible plants, seeds, nuts, flowers and fungi that grow wild in the Peak District and then return to Hartingtons School of Food to learn how to create exciting dishes from the foraged food, Hartingtons School of Food, Bakewell (www.hartingtons.com, 01629 888586).

Task Group of Rivelin Valley Conservation Group: monthly practical conservation in the Valley, last Sunday in each month (Keith Kendall, 2307144, email rvcg@supanet.com, www.rivelinvalley.org.uk).

Sheffield General Cemetery Gardening Group: light gardening in friendly company with the Friends of the General Cemetery to keep the Memorial Garden in trim, beginners welcome,

Fridays, 2pm-4pm, meet at the Gatehouse, top of Cemetery Avenue (2683486/3351853).

Friends of Parkwood Springs, aim to protect and improve the amazing green space. Regular meetings, plus outdoor events for all. New members always welcome (www.parkwood-springs.org.uk, 07817 938328).

Woodland Workout: pilot project by the Forestry Commission to help folk stay in trim and improve wildlife habitats at which volunteers will be taught how to use a range of tools safely to undertake environmental improvement tasks after warming up with a 15 minute walk through the wood and each session ending with a few stretches to prevent muscles aching the next day, Wharncliffe Wood: second Wednesday of each month from 10am to 3pm (for more information and a registration pack contact Hannah Darcel on 01623 821452 or 07789942599 or email hannah.darcel@forestry.gsi.gov.uk).

Pushchair Walk, starting from the Killamarsh sports centre, tea and coffee available afterwards, Wednesdays, 9.15am-10.15am (Rita Tollerfield, 07910 770546).

Community Allotment: at Meersbrook Road, Friday mornings, to enjoy working together, learning about organic growing, and taking home produce (to arrange to come along, call Alison 2580599, Heather 2217284).

Grow Your Own Chips!, for those new to growing fruit and veg the chance to learn how informally with help and support from LEAF Community Allotments, where knowledge, work and produce is shared, Norwood Allotments, Herries Road, Wednesdays, 11am-3.30pm, Thursdays, 10am to noon (2854479).

Spice, adventure sports and social group for adults with over 1,700 members around Yorkshire. We offer a wide range of outdoor events including weekly rambles, abseiling, caving, water sports and as well as some more unusual activities (2889997 or email listings@spiceyorks.com. www.spiceyorks.com)

Community Snooker: sessions available in our Edwardian Snooker Hall. One of the oldest halls in continuous use in Sheffield All abilities welcome - coaching available from our professional coach: Tuesday-Thursday 8-10pm, Friday -Monday 2-10pm. Contact Brett on 0781 8532627.