Green waste sacks available again

If you’ve had a busy Easter weekend in the garden, you’ll be pleased to know that green garden refuses sacks are available once again and the collection service appears to be back in full swing.

It seems that you can once again pick up green plastic sacks for garden refuse from all the places across the city we were using such as libraries, housing offices and First Point locations.

Having filled between three and 12 bags it is your responsibility to contact Veolia on 0114 273 4567 to arrange collection which will be within the following 20 working days. Soil, rocks, large logs will not be collected. If you do not ring Veolia they will not pick up your sacks even if they are left out on the path or verge.

Meanwhile, the reusable hessian sack scheme for green waste that was announced last November has been scrapped following the budget cuts to local authority spending. Plastic sacks were seen as a more affordable alternative.

Green waste collection in Sheffield

Green waste sacks
Plastic green waste sacks: more affordable than the proposed hessian bag scheme

Crosspool Spring clean: thanks for your help!

Enthusiastic young people join in Crosspool's Spring Clean
Enthusiastic young people join in Crosspool's Spring Clean

Crosspool folk sprang into action last Saturday to clean up our neighbourhood.

As part of Sheffield’s third Annual Spring Clean, a dozen or so local residents, both young and old met at 10am on Saturday outside Direct Travel on Sandygate Road.

After brief introductions, the group dispersed in small teams to various locations where there was litter to clear up.

Despite the wind and the rain, and having to deal with obstacles including parts of a discarded piano, everyone enjoyed the camaraderie of the morning and the satisfaction of what was achieved.

We hope to arrange another group clean up for some date in the future so keep your eye on this website and the Crosspool Clarion for details.

Crosspool in bloom, March 2011

Over the last couple of weeks, it seems that Spring has sprung in Crosspool. These photos, taken over the last few days, show some of the daffodils and blossom on view as you walk around the neighbourhood.

You can view them using the slideshow or gallery below.

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Friends of the Botanical Gardens 2011 programme

The Friends of the Botanical Gardens 2011 programme (Word document, 32KB) has been published, which may be of interest to Crosspool gardeners.

It includes details ofvarious events throughout the year including talks, meetings, plant sales and outdoor activities.

Friends of the Botanical Gardens was set up in 1984 and aims to support the gardens and also provide the opportunity for gardeners of all abilities to meet, socialise and learn more about horticulture.

New members are welcome, but you can also attend any event for the modest fee of £2.

Friends of the Botanical Gardens website including information about meetings and events

Friends of the Botanical Gardens 2011 programme (Word document, 32KB)

Grass verge protection measures installed in Crosspool

Two sets of wooden bollards have been installed in response to concerns over damage to grass verges by vehicles.

A set of four of the bollards are located on Marsh Lane at its junction with Lydgate Lane, and a further four are adjacent to 42/46 Tapton Hill Road. They are funded by the South West Community Assembly.

The bollards prevent vehicles from mounting the grass verge areas between the pavement and the road. Their arrival follows requests from local residents worried about erosion.

New wooden bollards on Marsh Lane
New wooden bollards on Marsh Lane
Cars are now prevented from parking on grass verges
Cars are now prevented from parking on grass verges

Bole Hills tree planting and Friends group meeting

On Wednesday this week there is a meeting in the Bole Hills pavilion to discuss the proposed tree planting on Bole Hills Rec and also the possible formation of a Friends of Bole Hills community group.

For more information contact Edward Thatcher, Community Forester on  0114 273 4303 or email edward.thatcher@sheffield.gov.uk.

Information about Bole Hills tree planting (Word document, 1.4MB)

Bole Hills meeting on Wednesday 19 January 2011 flyer (Word document, 1MB)

Bole Hills meeting flyer
Bole Hills meeting flyer (Word document, 1.4MB)

Den Bank Drive tree removed

Remains of tree on Den Bank Drive
Remains of tree on Den Bank Drive

On 21 December, residents of Den Bank Drive returned from work to discover that a tree had been removed without warning from a grass verge on the street.

A card was left to say that the tree was dead, although according to residents it had full blossom last Spring.

Further enquiries to Street Force reveal that the tree had been inspected earlier on in the year and was diagnosed as infected. There is no budget available to pay for a replacement tree in the current financial year.

Den Bank Drive resident Mark Shipman commented: “I am upset that the tree was removed without any communication until afterwards.”