Sheffield artist uses her skills to help raise money for vandalised allotments

A Sheffield woman has been making use of her artistic skills to help raise the roof at her local allotments.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:22 pm

Artist Annie Mays and husband Tony work on an allotment at the Rustlings Road site at Bingham Park and Annie was upset that vandals had caused damage on the site.

Annie said that the roof of a garage used as a shed where people can store their tools was damaged by vandals.

Individual plots have also been attacked and vandalised over the past few months.

Annie Mays doing a fundraising stall in the allotment shed
Annie Mays doing a fundraising stall in the allotment shed

The shed roof had to be removed by the city council when it was found to contain asbestos.

Now it is up to the allotment users to find the money to replace the roof, Annie explained.

"At the moment it's just got no roof,” she said, “So we can’t store any tools and the rain and snow are going in there.”

She said: “I thought I’ve got to do something about this.”

Annie came up with the idea of putting her artistic skills to use and creating some Christmas cards to help raise the £700 cost of replacing the roof.

She emailed friends and neighbours to ask them to buy the cards – and raised £350.

"People have been quite generous,” she said.

Annie also set up shop to sell the cards and take donations in the shed.

She and a group of allotment users decorated a tree to make the area look festive.

She is a member of Sheffield Goodgym, who combine runs and exercise with litter picking and other community work.

That gave her the idea to pick up the little silver nitrous oxide cannisters that litter Endcliffe Park, clean them up and use them to decorate a garden umbrella that is being used inside the shed to look like little raindrops falling from it.

She also plans to use more of the cannisters to make a hedgehog sculpture.

Annie is well known in Sheffield running and art circles and has been a regular at the Endcliffe Park Runs. She also enjoys cycling and climbing.

A film about how she stays active, called Amazing Annie, was shown at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival in March 2019.

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