Do you want to be more active this spring? Are you interested in local environmental issues? Fancy meeting like-minded people? Why not take part in Sheffield Environment Weeks this Spring! Running from 30th April to 5th June 2022, Sheffield Environment Weeks is a four to six-week festival focusing on environmental events and activities. There are plenty of events throughout May for all ages and located throughout the city. 

What is Sheffield Environment Weeks?

Sheffield Environment Weeks started as part of a national event sponsored by BT and run by the Civic Trust. Voluntary groups could apply for grant funding to put on environmental events over a week, which Sheffield regularly obtained financing for. The national event ceased, but Sheffield’s continued to run, and it expanded to a week of events. In 1993, Sheffield City Council offered additional support and took on the secretariat role for some years. Today, Sheffield’s Environment Weeks continues to flourish under a team of volunteers, funding from Awards For All (part of the BIG Lottery Fund) and support from South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Hunter Archaeological Society and  Beauchief Environment Group. 

This festival of events has been a staple of Sheffield’s May calendar for 38 years! When the initial week of events became crowded, it was expanded to 2 weeks and then became a month-long event in 2002. Sheffield Environment Weeks provides a website calendar for groups to publicise their regular and one-off environmental events throughout the year. But, It also produces a printed programme for the intensive 4 – 6 week-long festival of environmental and ecological events.

What’s on in 2022?

Sheffield Environment Weeks will be adding events to their online calendar throughout the month, so check out their website for up to date information. 

If you want to be more active this Spring, we’d suggest the dawn chorus bird walk on Wadsley Common on Sunday 15th May at 5 am. But, if you’re not quite an early riser, how about the bounds of Bradway walk from 10:30 am until 1 pm on Sunday 29th May. Suppose you’d like to get involved in helping local groups. In that case, there are a few things for your diary—the Sharrow Greenspace Consultation with Regather and the Sharrow Community Forum on the 3rd of May. On Saturday 14th May, there will be the AGM for the Friends of Burngreave Cemetery. 

And, if you’re more about fun in the sun, you can attend the Big Lunch/Well Dressing community picnic at Burngreave Cemetery on Thursday 2nd June from noon. Or join Sheffield Environment Weeks for their final event on Sunday 5th June at 11 am, a celebration garden open day at Greave House Farm Trust. Their garden open day takes place every year to end the festival. So enjoy wandering around the garden, picking up many plants and gardening tips, and enjoying a cuppa and cake. 

But Sheffield Environment Weeks events aren’t the only green things happening now. This weekend is the Good to Grow Day, a national weekend of action from Friday 22 to Monday 25 April for edible gardens to celebrate and prepare for the new growing season, promote their activities and encourage people to volunteer. As part of the event, our partners at Food Works Sheffield are hosting a taster session down at their farm on Monday 25th between 9 am, and 12:30 pm; all skills and experience are welcome.  

How to get involved

If you’re an organisation or business looking to get involved or want to add an event to the calendar, get in touch with Sheffield Environment Weeks at info@sheffieldenvironment.org. For the general public, visit the Sheffield Environment Weeks website for the latest updated info on events www.sheffieldenvironment.org