Parkwood Springs will thrive following devastating fires

Parkwood Springs scorched by fire. Photo by Peter Bull.
Parkwood Springs scorched by fire

Story by Peter Bull. Photos by Peter Bull and Neill Schofield.

We were devastated by damage caused by recent fires on Parkwood Springs. Large areas of heather and woodland ground cover have been burnt, but fortunately a lot is still healthy and in flower. We were also very pleased to have a visit from one of the Council’s ecologists. He assured us that the heather and woodland will regenerate naturally and gave us advice about how we can accelerate the process.

We also checked on areas where the moorland plants bilberry and crowberry were growing – plants that are not normally found growing wild less than a mile from Sheffield city centre. We were pleased to see that the bilberry is thriving, and we have been advised how to help the crowberry to do the same.

Come along to future conservation sessions

We will be putting this advice to use in our conservation sessions this winter, but our sessions this month will be continuing our work on Little Pear Tree Field – the first will be on Tuesday 9th August and the second on Saturday 20th, with a Forest Garden session on Saturday 13th. All will last from 10am to 12.30, meeting on the Shirecliffe Road car park – all welcome!

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