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Angela Smith MP takes part in the Pen Nook Clean up

On Saturday Angela Smith MP took part in the clean up of Pen Nook in Deepcar. The event was being held in conjunction with the CSV Make a Difference day which is designed to encourage people to actively make a difference through volunteering in their local community. Angela is delighted to have taken part in cleaning up this vital green space in Deepcar. Commenting on the clean-up, she said “As a keen gardener I am pleased to have offered my help to the community of Deepcar in the cleaning up of this green space. The plans for this area are superb, with new bins and public furniture to be installed and, if residents want this, a community orchard of soft fruits. Projects such as this go to show what local people can do if they come together and I look forward to seeing the completed Pen Nook.”
Eventually it is hoped that not only new furniture but also locally produced sculptures and new footpaths to ensure easy access for all users throughout year will be able to be provided.
However, just as important the Steel Valley Project, the local Tenants and Residents Association and Sheffield Homes want to get the views of local people in the area, so the area can be developed in a way they want. If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact one of these organisations.

The Steel Valley Project formerly known as Stocksbridge Steel Valley and Upper Don Project) is a countryside management partnership scheme that seeks to work with local people to care for and understand their local environment. The project was established in 1988 as a partnership between British Steel engineering Steels (now CORUS) and the local authorities of Bradfield, Stocksbirdge, and Sheffield.

In the last three years the local community put in a total of 26,351 hours into 40 project sites which included providing work experience and training in: developing school grounds; woodland management; footpath maintenance; repairing drystone walls; distributing native wildflowers; laying hedgerows; building ponds and planting living willow sculptures.

Angela Smith MP plants bulbs

Angela Smith MP plants bulbs

Issued : 29 October 2005

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