From an exotic import to  ‘aggressive’ plant species 

Wealthy Victorians grew the garish rhododendron ponticum ‘to ornament our houses in the Spring,’ as a magazine of the time put it. The first British catalogue listing in 1793 for the exotic import from Spain and Portugal was an astronomical seven shillings and sixpence for a single plant (or over £52 nowadays). Some 200 years later, attitudes have changed. 
levelling gravel

“Our real labour of love” 

It’s a busy time as we gear up for spring here at Haddon. There is a preconception amongst some folk that us gardeners snooze our way through the early months, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, especially this year as we have so many exciting projects on the go.
Dave Shaw in the centre of Kelham island

Favourite Things: Kelham water key to being brewing hotspot

Dave Shaw is Senior Design Engineer at SevenHills Fabrication in Sheffield. He has worked at the family-run manufacturing business for the last 22 years and has seen the company grow to become an established sub-contract laser cutting and steel fabrication business. The company supplies businesses across the UK and has invested in new equipment and employees to expand its production capabilities.
Gail Gibbons, pictured at Graves Gallery. Picture: NDFP-06-02-19-Gibbons-3

Favourite Things: “I always make an effort to support local shops”

Gail Gibbons moved to Sheffield from Lancashire in 1987 to study at The University of Sheffield and, with the exception of some time travelling abroad, has been here ever since. Like so many people, she fell in love with the city because of its diversity, the friendliness of its people, its green spaces, and its downright quirkiness. 
Steve Knapp

Favourite Things: “We can see big London shows on our doorstep”

His inspirational selling techniques are still the cornerstone of one of the world’s biggest brands – and they’re now raising the game of small businesses right across the Sheffield City Region. Steve Knapp started his sales career at the very bottom – selling Calor Gas cylinders door-to-door in the late 1980s – but advanced it to the very top. He rose through the ranks at Shell to become responsible for the success of the company’s sales teams right across the globe.
Sheffield University, Firth Court

Northern Lights: How city university recognises and repays its founders - a century later

The University of Sheffield was born out of the generosity and ambition of the local communities it has served for more than a century. That’s why we are a signing a new, national compact that reaffirms an historic commitment made in the late 19th century – when industry leaders and workers in the steel mills, factories and mines united behind a civic ideal – to bring the ‘highest education’ within the reach of all the people.
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