A commemorative tree planting ceremony, funded by Liberty Steel and organised by the Steel Valley Project, was held this week to mark 175 years of steelworks in the Stocksbridge valley. Through a search in 'Look Local' and on social media, we tracked down some of the people involved in a similar tree planting ceremony which … Continue reading Tree planting ceremony celebrates 175 years of steelworks
To celebrate 175 years of steelworks in the Stocksbridge valley, Liberty Steel, Fox Valley shopping, Stocksbridge & District History Society and the Steel Valley project are planning a heritage event which will take place on the 2nd and 3rd November at Fox Valley shopping centre. As part of the celebrations, we're looking for people who were … Continue reading Were you in one of these pictures?
With the arrival of autumn, work has started once again on a big project - protecting and improving habitats for the Willow Tit bird, one of the UK's most threatened bird species. Numbers of willow tit are reported to have declined by 88% between 1970 and 2006 and it is now listed on the UK's … Continue reading Drainage work on Willow Tit habitat
Here at the Steel Valley Project, we rely on our team of regular volunteers to help carry out valuable work in countryside management. We're always happy to chat with anyone interested in becoming a volunteer and would especially like to increase the number of women on our volunteer team. So if you love spending time … Continue reading Countryside Management Volunteers Required
Volunteers from the Steel Valley Project recently spent 3 days clearing overgrown vegetation and relining the pond at Stocksbridge Nursery and Infant School. The pond has been in place for many years, but the lining had sprung a leak meaning that remedial action needed to be taken. What kind of maintenance work was carried out? … Continue reading Pond Reconstruction Work for Stocksbridge Nursery and Infant School
The Steel Valley Project has been supporting work experience placements from Stocksbridge High School for over 10 years now. As part of our ongoing collaboration, one of their pupils recently spent a couple of weeks working with our Environmental Project Officer, Kate Hughes, and the volunteer team. The student, currently in Year 10, spent time … Continue reading Work Experience Placement in Countryside Management
Volunteers at the Steel Valley Project have recently been working to clear areas of Himalayan balsam in Bithholmes Wood. The woods are owned by the Woodland Trust and located between Deepcar and Wharncliffe Side. They are a popular place for walkers and those searching for the Wantley Dragon. What is Himalayan balsam? Himalayan balsam was … Continue reading Himalayan Balsam Clearance – Bitholmes Wood
With summer now in full swing, much of our work at the Steel Valley Project has been focused on cutting back overgrown paths and bridleways around Stocksbridge, Deepcar and Bradfield. This type of work is vital for keeping paths open and ensuring that people can have safe access to enjoy the many natural spaces in … Continue reading Summer Path Maintenance Work