Deadline day for green awards

THE deadline has almost been reached for this year’s Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards – but there’s still just time to nominate individuals, schools, community groups and businesses helping to make the city a greener, more eco-friendly place.

The sixth annual awards ceremony is taking place at Sheffield City College’s new £60m building on October 15, with prizes in nine categories before an overall winner is chosen.

Among nominees so far is heritage roofing specialist Martin-Brooks, in the running for the business category.

Craftsmen from the firm have been tasked with re-roofing a new workshop and visitors’ centre at the historic Shepherd Wheel in Whiteley Woods.

Shepherd Wheel was used to manufacture knives and is one of three locations preserved in Sheffield as examples of the city’s manufacturing heritage.

Martin-Brooks also helped to restore a former cart shed and smithy that are home to a colony of bats at Hardwick Hall.

Experts for the company had to incorporate purpose-made bat slates into the rear slopes of the grade II listed buildings and install special roofing felt for the mammals.

n Email entries along with supporting evidence to by the end of today.