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Spring events coming up!

A couple of forthcoming events to welcome in spring.

The Spring Bird Walk will be held on Saturday 23 April, starting at 8am from the bottom of the steps at Archer Road. All are welcome

Friends of Millhouses Park AGM will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 27 April in the Park Cafe. Please do join us to find out what has been happening this year, what is coming up in the next year, and how you can join in.

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Pruning and reweaving the willow domes and tunnels in Millhouses Park

Every year the Friends of Millhouses Park and others meet to prune, replant and reweave the living willow domes and tunnels in the Park.

Date and time: 27th February between 10am and 2pm. Feel free to drop in for all or just part of the session.

All are welcome, including children with accompanying parents. No previous experience or special skills required.

Please wear warm outdoor clothes and study boots. Please also bring a snack and a drink.

Tools and a safety talk will be provided by supervising Rangers from Sheffield City Council



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Ken Allen

We had some very sad news this Christmas: Ken Allen, a very active member of Friends of Millhouses Park died suddenly on Boxing Day.

Ken was a keen and enthusiastic volunteer who was a true friend of the group. He helped on every project in recent years including tree planting, bulb planting, gardening, clean ups, duck races and helping at events. He was particularly involved with the sensory and herbaceous gardens. Ken’s enthusiasm, expertise and dependability will be greatly missed by the rest of the volunteers. His passing is a sad loss to the park and the community and he will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with his widow, Hilary and the family.

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Thanks to the 17 Cubs with 2 scouts and leaders from the 181st St Chads Cubs for helping to clean up the Park on Thursday evening 8th October. Thanks also to the 17 FoMP volunteers, including five children, plus Grahame Lister from the Park Rangers, who collected a further 16 bags of rubbish the following Sunday and left the park looking pristine. Let us hope we can keep it like this.

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Autumn Bird watching walk

On Saturday 7 November another of the hugely popular bird watching walks will be taking place.

If you would like to join in meet at 08:00 at the foot of the steps into Millhouses Park from Archer Road. The walk will go through the park returning through Ecclesall Woods and should take 2 to 2.5 hours. If the weather is kind you should encounter a range of resident birds and hopefully see autumn migrants flying over. A number of pairs of binoculars are available to borrow on the day.

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Autumn Events

As Autumn sets in we have a a couple of upcoming events in the park.

Firstly, on Sunday 11 October, 10.00-12.00, we will be undertaking a clean up with the Rangers. The Rangers will be supplying any necessary equipment – meet at the cafe at 10.00 to join in.

Secondly, on Saturday 7th November, 10.00-12.00, we will be Autumn gardening. We will clear and dig over the Sensory Garden and herbaceous border. Tools supplied but bring your own forks, secateurs and gloves if you can.
Again, meet at the cafe at 10.00 to join in.

All help is welcome at both events, it would be great to see some fresh faces, come along and meet us, don’t be shy!

For further information please email

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MacMillan Duck Race


A big thanks to everyone who donated generously at the MacMillan Duck Race. A great days racing in the park and MacMillan have contacted us to tell us know that the days races had raised over £120.

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Sensory Garden in bloom

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The sensory garden and herbaceous borders look fantastic at the moment. If your in the park make sure you stop by to see them at their best! Thanks to the park staff and volunteer gardeners, and Pictorial Meadows and Ferndale Garden Centre for the donations of seeds and plants.

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Ay up me Duck!

IMAG1885 CROPThanks to all the competitors and volunteers at the hugely successful Cliffhanger duck races. We had six enjoyable races and your generous donations raised £112 for the Friends of Millhouses Park. Every penny will go back into the park. Special thanks to Anna for her daring rescue of duck 38 who became separated from the rest of the team.

If you missed out or just want another go our 114 intrepid little ducks have had a bath and are ready for racing in aid of MacMillan on Saturday 18 July. Find us at the fish pass and join in! First race shortly after 11.

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The annual Cliffhanger event will be in the Park again this year. It will be on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of July. The Friends of Millhouses Park will be running our crowd pleasing duck races on Sunday the 12th. Races start on the hour from 11 while 3. May the best Duck win!

Cliffhanger admittance is £6 for adults and free for accompanied under 16’s.Further information cab be found at

Parts of the park are closed to those not attending Cliffhanger. The park cafe, flower garden and the cricket field will be open and accessible to those that do not wish to pay to enter the event.

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