Jon has worked for 10 years in Sheffield employed by the Parks & Countryside service as a woodlands officer/countryside development officer/wood lane manager. His work consist of (say local activists):
Maintaining, developing and caring for all aspects of the woodland in and around Parkwood Springs, and:
Organising the work on, and finance for, the woodlands and open spaces in/around Parkwood; seeking out the history of the area; organising events; meeting with residents; seeking ideas; and asking for any criticism
His job description says:
Responsible for as a woodlands project officer across 23 sites in the city – ancient woodland officer across the city, with social and physical developments on Parkwood.
Previously, Jon has been a volunteer with countryside management background; conservation work; centre for alternative technology; visiting lecturer at shu; nags head at edale; climber; supermarket shelver; consultant in environmental play.
Since 2005, Jon’s been responsible for Parkwood Springs. Over the years, his skills and commitment have been recognised by many – especially local residents. Three things have been particularly mentioned:
His attributes. Jon’s manner; his open mindedness; his vision; his accountability (“he always gets back to you promptly on anything raised”); his commitment to his work and the area, and the whole way in which he works as a council worker alongside a local community.
His impact. One person said “if you want to see how Jon Dallow has made a good impact on Burngreave, just look around. In particular – take a look at Parkwood Springs, the area’s largest – and until Jon arrived – the most neglected green space. Jon has worked to improve path systems and many events”.
The creation of Little Pear Tree Wood nature reserve;
The Boy and Bird sculpture at the Rutland Rd entrance to Parkwood;
The Beacons – Fire Bird story and performance at Parkwood (and at Ruskin park, Walkley) last October – with fire, performance, story-telling, jugglers, lantern avenue, fireworks and local children’s involvement.
Congratulations Jon – yet another trees and woodlands that this Area panel is very pleased to celebrate.