Community parks and play facilities are set to benefit from £1.5m funding by Sheffield City Council over the next three years. A recent parliamentary inquiry highlighted a countrywide crisis in community parks, with declining facilities and under-investment. The majority of the funding will come from the city’s public health budget, with a focus on reducing gaps in health-related deprivation across the city. It is also expected to lead to the creation of new jobs. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure.
Children from Arbourthorne Community Primary School left the classroom to learn on the job and help plant new trees in community parks across south east Sheffield. The tree planting session is part of a project to add new ‘urban woodlands’ with a total of 7,500 trees to be planted at Kenninghall Bank, Fox Lane Recreation Ground and Pipworth Recreation Ground. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Denise Fox, put on her wellies to help volunteers from Sheffield City Council’s Community Forestry Team. Trees being planted are a mix of native woodland species including English Oak, Hazel, Field Maple, Spindle, Hawthorn and Blackthorn. The trees will be young “bare root whips”, two to three years in age, so they can grow with the community around them. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!