Story: Douglas Johnson, Photos: Catherine Brown
Some days just feel like spring; on such a day the Friends of Parkwood Springs and Sheffield Rangers arranged a guided walk of the site. Led by commentary from ranger Jon Sharrocks, a dozen or so people walked from Little Pear Tree Field, past the Forest Garden, up to the point with the most amazing views over western Sheffield and back again.
Parkwood Springs fascinates because the traces of so many types of human activity can be found. World War II was particularly busy, with the site of an antiaircraft gun battery and remains of munitions huts to be found at the top of the hill. The group also viewed the remains of the old Parkwood estate which once housed 2000 people: now only traces of roads remain.
On the hillside itself, work done by many different people is beginning to pay off, as the whole area returns to the type of sustainable, mixed-use woodland it was hundreds of years ago.
The rangers plan further guided walks, including a Fir Vale History Walk on Wednesday 18th May. Meet at the Barnsley Road entrance to the Northern General at 12 noon.