My Favourite Things Feature.....Pictured is Rik Carpenter at Kelham Island.......Pic Steve Ellis

Architecture evokes city’s industrial heritage 

Rik Carpenter is a Sheffield teacher and children's book author. His first book 'Stinky and his Mate' - the first in his Creepy Crawlies Stories collection - was released earlier this year. The 57-year-old dad-of-two is a master decorator by trade, who teaches at the Construction and Design Centre in Sheffield.
Annoying phones habits - texting

Revealed: Most annoying phone habits

Business telecommunications provider, 4Com has investigated Britons’ thoughts on bad telephone manners1 and found that one in five (19%) would instantly hang up the phone if the person on the other end had annoying habits. 
Pictured  in the garden  of his home on  School Lane, Norton, Sheffield is wildlife expert Ian Rotherham.

Understated rivers are the living arteries of city

Ian Rotherham is Professor of Environmental Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, having moved there in the mid-1990s after running Sheffield City Council’s ecological advisory service and also working at Sheffield University.
Ian Cracknell,  Advocacy Officer for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Favourite Things: Dawn chorus  awakens our magical landscapes 

Ian Cracknell is Advocacy Officer at Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and has worked in charity communications and marketing for 20 years. A keen birdwatcher and nature enthusiast, Ian had been a member of the Trust for several years before deciding he wanted to work for them following involvement with his local street tree group and supporting the Trust’s campaign to save Smithy Wood, an ancient woodland at threat from a development application for a motorway service station.
Rhodedendron clearance in Peak District: Nabil Abbas pointing out how the clearance will allow plants to return by the cloughs running into the Strines

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.
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