Alpacas make their home in Crosspool on Holly Hagg

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A small herd of alpacas are settling in on a field near Hagg Lane allotments in Crosspool.

The three male animals have the run of Holly Hagg, a three-acre plot on the hill where Long Lane meets Back Lane/Bole Hill Road. They’ve been there about four weeks.

Crosspool alpacas
Crosspool alpacas

They’re very hardy animals, and a north-facing slope in Sheffield is nothing compared to where the species originated in the Andes. They don’t like getting wet so have a shelter at the bottom of the field.

Holly Hagg isn’t open access, but you can usually get a good view of the alpacas from Long Lane. If you see someone working in the field when you visit then have a word with them and you should be able to take a closer look.

The alpacas are neutered and were sold as ‘seconds’. They don’t hold much financial value but are microchipped, tagged and registered with the British Alpaca Society for easy identification.

The herd and Holly Hagg are a looked after by community group called Friends of Holly Hagg. Their aim is to make the land more fertile, biodiverse, beautiful and productive. As well as the alpacas, there’s already plenty going on with bee hives, a pond ready to be filled, a simple irrigation system and plots for vegetables.

If you want to find out more or get involved with Friends of Holly Hagg, get in touch with Claire via Facebook, on 07779 067718 or by emailing claire@gregorysheffield.plus.com.

Crosspool alpacas
Crosspool alpacas
Crosspool alpacas on Holly Hagg
Crosspool alpacas on Holly Hagg
Crosspool alpacas
Crosspool alpacas grazing
Crosspool alpacas
Crosspool alpacas

Crosspool roads saved from gritting axe

Back Lane is one Crosspool road which will now be gritted
Back Lane is one Crosspool road which will now be gritted

Several Crosspool roads will be gritted this winter following the results of a public consultation into winter road maintenance.

Council chiefs have changed their mind on the gritting of 141 roads. Local streets including Hagg Hill, Coldwell Lane, Stephen Hill, Watt Lane, Back Lane and Bole Hill Road will now be included on gritting routes.

Sheffield Council Cabinet Highways Committee meeting

List of roads amended as a result of consultation feedback (PDF, 61KB)

 

 

 

Crosspool roads will not be gritted under new council proposals

Digging out a car, Crosspool, 1 December 2010
Watt Lane in the December 2010 snow

Several roads in Crosspool are included in a list of streets that will no longer be gritted if new proposals come into force in October.

The Sheffield City Council winter road maintenance proposals affect 100 miles of road in the city and have come about due to cuts in funding from central government.

Affected local streets include Hagg Hill, Coldwell Lane, Stephen Hill, Watt Lane and Back Lane. You can see these streets highlighted on the council’s interactive online map.

For the full list of roads, download this PDF (660KB) and see the roads at the bottom marked ‘remove all’.

Residents are being invited to give their views on the proposals. You have until Friday 25 July 2014 to comment.

Sheffield City Council gritting proposals – including interactive online map

Have your say on the proposals

 

Bring and Buy plant and vegetable sales this weekend

Bring and Buy plant sale
Bring and Buy plant sale at Hagg Lane allotments

Hagg Lane and District Gardeners’ Allotments Society are hosting Bring and Buy plant and vegetable sales this weekend.

The events are scheduled for Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, 9.30am-2.30pm.

Organised by local volunteers, the sales take place at Back Lane allotments. The non-profit making group hopes to raise funds towards a new trading hut for the benefit of the allotmenting and wider local community Refreshments will be available.

Below are some of our planned surplus fruit, vegetable and flowering plants they hope to have on offer. Hanging baskets will also be on sale.

Vegetables:

Tomatoes (10+ Varieties) Tomatoes-Tumbling Tom Cucumber Lettuce (inc cut and come again) Aubergine Beetroot Broad Beans Broccoli Butternut Squashes Cabbage x4 Cauliflower Chard Chilli Peppers Collard Courgette Fennel French Bean Heritage Cabbage Jerusalem Artichoke Kale Leeks Pak Choi Parsnip Peas Peppers Pumpkins
Rhubarb Runner Beans Spinach Sprouts (3 Varieties) Sprouts (Club Root Resistant) Swede Sweet Corn

Flowers:

Begonia Chrysanthemums Cosmos Dahlia Echinacea Foxgloves Geranium Lavender Lobelia Marigold (4 Varieties) Pansy Petunia Rudbeckia Streptocarpus Sunflowers Sweet Peas Fruit Blackcurrants Blueberries Melons Gooseberries- Red Gooseberries- White Strawberry Plants

Plus various herbs.

Hagg Lane and District Gardeners’ Allotments Society

Bring and Buy plant and vegetable sales

Bring and Buy plant sale
Bring and Buy plant sale at Hagg Lane allotments

Hagg Lane and District Gardeners’ Allotments Society are hosting several Bring and Buy plant and vegetable sales over two upcoming weekends.

The events are scheduled for Saturday 30 April and 1 May, and then again on Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May,  9.30am-2.30pm.

Organised by local volunteers, the sales take place at Back Lane allotments. The non-profit making group hopes to raise funds towards a new trading hut for the benefit of the allotmenting and wider local community Refreshments will be available.

Below are some of our planned surplus fruit, vegetable and flowering plants they hope to have on offer.

Vegetables:

Tomatoes (10+ Varieties) Tomatoes-Tumbling Tom Cucumber Lettuce (inc cut and come again) Aubergine Beetroot Broad Beans Broccoli Butternut Squashes Cabbage x4 Cauliflower Chard Chilli Peppers Collard Courgette Fennel French Bean Heritage Cabbage Jerusalem Artichoke Kale Leeks Pak Choi Parsnip Peas Peppers Pumpkins
Rhubarb Runner Beans Spinach Sprouts (3 Varieties) Sprouts (Club Root Resistant) Swede Sweet Corn

Flowers:

Begonia Chrysanthemums Cosmos Dahlia Echinacea Foxgloves Geranium Lavender Lobelia Marigold (4 Varieties) Pansy Petunia Rudbeckia Streptocarpus Sunflowers Sweet Peas Fruit Blackcurrants Blueberries Melons Gooseberries- Red Gooseberries- White Strawberry Plants

Plus various herbs.

Hagg Lane and District Gardeners’ Allotments Society

Crosspool Open Gardens raises over £3,000 for charity

Twelve charities are to share the £3,300 raised from this year’s Crosspool Open Gardens on Saturday 3 July.

The annual event, which is co-ordinated by members of Stephen Hill Methodist Church, ran this year as part of the Crosspool Festival programme.

There were 15 gardens around the neighbourhood to explore, including allotments off Back Lane, two adjoining houses on Cairns Road and the Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway.

One Manchester Road garden also accommodated an art sale, plus a book signing by local historian and author Judith Hanson. Plentiful supplies of tea and cake were also available at most of the gardens.

Open Gardens started as a fundraising event for the church’s development appeal but has now been extended to support charities nominated by the owner of each of the showcased gardens.

Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010
Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010