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Neglected land made into wildflower site

Sprucing up Livesey Street are Richard Wilson, National Grid; Howard Bayley of Hillsborough College; Hillsborough College student Alana Lowe; Helen Hornby and Chris Bell, of the River Stewardship Company.

Sprucing up Livesey Street are Richard Wilson, National Grid; Howard Bayley of Hillsborough College; Hillsborough College student Alana Lowe; Helen Hornby and Chris Bell, of the River Stewardship Company.

Volunteers have helped to transform a neglected patch of land in Sheffield into a wildflower haven.

Gas engineers from National Grid joined forces with students from Hillsborough College and representatives of local organisations to make over a large verge area next to National Grid’s substation in Livesey Street.

Staff from charities the River Stewardship Company and Groundwork South Yorkshire were among those pitching in to clear the site of weeds and litter, making it ready for students to sow wildflowers.

National Grid delivery engineer Kevin Cleaver said: “National Grid’s volunteering programme is about using our skills to help local communities. We’re able to bring our skills in using excavation machinery to boost the transformation effort.”

Plans for the site include new fencing, installation of bat and bird boxes in the wooded areas and space for a fruit and vegetable garden.

 

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