MP hails volunteers for work to create new trail

Pupils from St John Fisher School make their way round the trail
Pupils from St John Fisher School make their way round the trail

HARD work by volunteers has helped to create a mile of picturesque footpaths around a Sheffield suburb.

Owlthorpe Community Forum members, helped by council officials, spearheaded a three-year project to create the 1.4km nature trail.

It was opened by members of the forum, Sheffield Council representative, MP Clive Betts and local youngsters who went on a walk along the route to mark the occasion.

Mr Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, hailed the ‘tireless’ work of volunteers who made the project a reality.

He said: “Great credit must go to Owlthorpe Forum chairman Roger Marsh and fellow members for their efforts.

“The trail is a wonderful new facility which is suitable for people of all ages and abilities and which will be of real benefit to the area.

“There is the chance to see lots of birds and wild animals while enjoying a walk along the route.”

The route begins close to Owlthorpe Medical Centre, on Moorthorpe Bank, and passes through woodland, close to the Ochre Dike stream, and grassland where Highland Cattle graze.

Mr Betts said: “The project was first suggested three years ago and an awful lot of volunteer activity led by Owlthorpe Forum has gone into creating the nature trail.

“A lot of the route was just scrubland but it has now been tidied up and transformed into a real asset.

“The trail is something that will be a huge benefit to everyone in the surrounding community.”