Heritage Open Days 2020

Ecclesall Woods: A Virtual Exploration of the ‘Spring Wood’

Join us as we explore one of Sheffield’s most beautiful ancient woodlands with Fran Halsall from Sheffield Woodland Connections.

With its long history of traditional woodland management, there are numerous surviving trees that help to tell the story of how woodland can be shaped by humans and how nature reclaims ground.

Fran takes us on a journey under the canopy, stopping on the way to highlight the trees that document the coppicing and pollarding by humans that create incredibly interesting and unlikely shapes in the woodland. This online virtual walk takes us by some of the veteran trees of the woodland and provides insight into the age, variety and heritage of the trees that showcase Ecclesall’s connection to traditional woodland management.

Industry and beauty on the Loxley – Hidden Nature and the Great Flood.

A circular walk from Hillsborough Corner to the confluence of the Loxley and Rivelin rivers then along a stretch of the Loxley. We will look at remains of water power and industry, tell the story of the 1864 flood, and explore today’s hidden nature.

Looking at the history of the area from bustling Hillsborough Corner to the 19th century factories of Malin Bridge and then the water power and hidden beauty of the Loxley. Showing the close proximity of different parts of Sheffield’s heritage and tracing stories of the past through industrial remnants whilst appreciating our hidden nature.

Tuesday 15 September: 17:30-19:00
Saturday 19 September: 11:00-12:30