Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of contributing to a new film being made about the landscape, nature and history of Sheffield General Cemetery. Naturally I was there to talk about trees, and talk I did – for two and a half hours! All of which will be edited down to a five segment.
It was a real honour to be asked: the General Cemetery rates highly on my list of places to appreciate urban woodland and it is large enough to contain ‘wild’ patches that function as wildlife habitat.
The film will be launched at Heritage Open Days 2020, which I’ll be posting more about later.
Last Wednesday met up with Green City Heritage to make a short film for this year’s Urban Tree Festival. In it we explore the urban woodland within Sheffield General Cemetery, observing appropriate physical distancing guidelines by using a selfie-stick! We are so fortunate to have this fine mature woodland, with many an interesting species, within walking distance of the city centre.
Despite the urban setting the cemetery is a biodiversity hotspot and is popular with both wildlife and people alike. This is why I have chosen to add this location to my list of places for leading guided walks, which I hope to resume later this year.
Sheffield’s 2020 Festival of the Outdoors runs from 1st to 31st March. It will be the first time that Sheffield Woodland Connections has participated in the festival, for which I’ll be leading three walks. Each walk is two hours long and we will cover subjects including: identifying trees in winter and recognising veteran and notable trees. For more information click on the links below.
Sheffield General Cemetery Date: Sunday 1st March 2020. Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm. Tickets: from £5 – £7. Book your place here.
Ecclesall Woods Date: Sunday 8th March 2020. Time: 1 – 3pm. Tickets: from £5 – £7. Book your place here.
Hillsborough Park Date: Sunday 22nd March 2020. Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm. Tickets: from £5 – £7. Book your place here.
Want to learn more about trees and woodland in a fun an informal way? Then join Sheffield Woodland Connections, Drink Wise Age Well and Friends of the General Cemetery for an Over 50s woodland walk on 8th November 2019.
To book your free place call: 0800 032 3723.
Meet at the gatehouse entrance at the end of Cemetery Avenue at 1pm.