Owlthorpe Heritage & Nature Trail
The award winning Owlthorpe Heritage & Nature Trail is a rural Oasis in the urban southeast of Sheffield , England 's fourth largest City. The trail was opened with an official event on March 16th 2012 by children from three local primary schools assisted by David Caufield - Sheffield City Council Officer, Clive Betts MP for Sheffield South East and Sheffield City Councilor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris.
The significant environmental improvements made in creating the Trail include: 1.3 kilometers of new surface path created as part of the Trail, 22 acres of land fenced and grassland brought back under management using grazing by Highland Cattle to benefit wildflowers and local wildlife.
The Land management is taking place under the monitoring of Natural England by their Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, 12,243 trees & hedgerow plants planted also 64,000 bulbs & 1,500 square meters of wildflowers seed sown.
795 local school children have been involved in this project that provides environmental education to raise awareness and enjoyment of the local country side. Unique historic 3-way stone stile locally listed. New wetland created & large scale litter clearance undertaken.
156 meters of dry stone wall restored & 800 metres of old hedgerow traditionally laid to conserve historic boundaries.
Wild orchard created using trees grafted, by local volunteers, with stock from the ancient orchard at Beighton. Regular public walks and practical conservation skills training.