Sheffield Friends group raises its glasses to pub’s kind reward

Friends of Millhouses Park volunteers enjoy their free drinks at The Waggon and Horses pub.
Friends of Millhouses Park volunteers enjoy their free drinks at The Waggon and Horses pub.

VOLUNTEERS who helped to spruce up a Sheffield park were given a refreshing reward for their efforts.

Members of the Friends of Millhouses Park gave up hours of their time to weed, dig and tidy up the shrubbery to prepare the area for the busy school holiday period.

Then, afterwards, nearby pub The Waggon and Horses welcomed the green-fingered group inside, helping them quench their thirst with complimentary pints of beer and glasses of wine.

Lesley Casson, manager of The Waggon and Horses on Abbeydale Road South, said: “The Friends of Millhouses Park do some fantastic work so when we heard that they were cleaning up the park we wanted to support them and say ‘well done’ with some free drinks.

“We are keen to develop a strong relationship with the friends group because its efforts help keep the park beautiful and encourage people to visit the area.”

The volunteers will continue their work on Sunday by removing the intrusive Himalayan Balsam plant from the park.

A relative of the Busy Lizzie, the Balsam can reach well over head height and is a major weed problem, especially on riverbanks and waste land.

The plant can also invade gardens, growing rapidly and spreading quickly, smothering other vegetation in the process.

More than 120 people are members of the Friends of Millhouses Park. The group helps to organise regular events in the park, and has overseen a programme of extensive renovation work in the green space.

Just over two years ago a water play area was installed, along with rock pools and planting areas for wildlife.

Visit www.friendsofmillhousespark.org for more information.