Project aims to 'improve green spaces' in Sheffield community by cracking down on litter and anti-social behaviour

An environmental charity has launched a new project to crack down on litter and fly-tipping in the Stocksbridge area after an ‘increase in anti-social behaviour’.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 12:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 1:10 pm
The Steel Valley Project team holding a walking meeting above Stocksbridge. Photo by David Bocking.

The Steel Valley Project has launched its Keep Stocksbridge Tidy project, working with the local community and landowners to improve green spaces by removing litter and fly-tipping in the Stocksbridge area.

Developed in response to an increase in the number of people using green spaces as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, the project will involve volunteers in helping to tidy up parks, woodlands and other outdoor places to make them safe and attractive for people and wildlife.

Tom Newman, Steel Valley Project General Manager said “The Covid-19 restrictions have brought huge changes to how green spaces are used and it’s great to see more people enjoying the outdoors.

"Unfortunately, this has also brought increased anti-social behaviour and we’re working hard to try to improve local green spaces and keep them looking their best. We know the local community is already doing great work to improve their local area with litter-picking activities and we want to support and build on this work.”

The group previously tested out five new cycling routes to help people explore the Sheffield Lakeland area, and to champion what it has to offer.

The project has been made possible with funding from National Lottery players through the Community Fund and the Joseph Sheldon Trust.

The Steel Valley Project has recently resumed its volunteering programme with the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Keep Stocksbridge Tidy project, visit www.steelvalleyproject.org for more info on the charity’s work.