Environmental conservation students at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus are set to benefit from the next phase of a long-term plan to improve the area around Livesey Street.
Friends of the Blue Loop have successfully applied for a £1,000 grant from the Don Network to further enhance the beauty of the River Don’s natural environment from Neepsend to Hillsborough for the benefit of local communities.
Graham Perkin, Chair of Friends of the Blue Loop, said: “We are very pleased to have gained this grant from the Don Network. We are looking forward to working with a wide range of community partners including the College and the Livesey Street Project to help improve the environment around the Don for all visitors.”
Lecturer Klaus Schmidtke, based at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus, added: “We are looking forward to bringing our environmental conservation students down to learn some practical skills such as using hand tools and control of invasive species on the Don.”
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From now until June, the Friends of the Blue Loop will be working with the River Stewardship Company, The Upper Don Walk Trust, Sheffield Partnership for Rivers in Town Environments, Friends of Livesey Street, Friends of Wardsend Cemetery and Hillsborough campus, which is based on Livesey Street.
They will be managing vegetation to improve accessibility, tackling invasive non-native species such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam and removing litter.
Howard Bayley, from Friends of Wardsend Cemetery and the Livesey Street Project, added:“We hope that this will contribute to the overall improvements we are bringing to this interesting historical and ecologically rich environment.”
Friends of the Blue Loop volunteers run conservation days on the banks of the River Don every Wednesday and one Saturday per month. If you would like to get involved in conserving the River Don contact Hellen Hornby on 07766 352932 or email email@example.com
The Don Network is an informal partnership of people who live and work in the River Don catchment and who are passionate about rivers. For more information click here.