SCC is currently considering a plan to fence off and lease an area of the park from the public for private business use. This sets a worrying precedent that the park is seen as a commodity. The Friends group strongly opposes this: the whole park should remain free for all to use.
You can help us to protect the park – please sign the petition in the link below:
Join us this weekend for Autumn Gardening in the Sensory Garden on Sunday 12th Nov, 10-12. Some forks, secateurs and gloves will be available to borrow, but do bring your own tools if you have them. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our customary Autumn bird watching walk will be on Saturday 4th November 2017. Meet at the foot of the steps into the park from Archer Road at 8am. The gentle walk through the park to Tyzack’s Dam, returning through part of Ecclesall Woods will last about two and a half hours and, as ever, all are welcome. Binoculars will be available to borrow.
Some of you may have noticed the basketball courts are fenced off, the finishing touches are currently being applied to a refurbishment. The courts will be open again in a couple of weeks.
The current courts are being renovated and repainted with existing backboards and hoops renewed. There will also a new second court created and also two lower kids nets added and new benches installed.
Thanks to Basketball England for their help on this project.
Spring has sprung and we are ready for the first litter pick/spring clean of the year. It is this Sunday, the 23rd April 10.00am-12.00pm. We will be meeting at the cafe, litter pickers and gloves supplied but bring your own if you have them.
Spread the word please and bring a friend!
Visit the Friends of Millhouses Park contribution to the Christmas tree celebration at Millhouses Methodist Church and hunt the park-related decorations! Fabulous work by Friends members Kate, Jane, Catherine and Pete.
We have a couple of events coming up this Autumn, as always, all welcome.
On Saturday 15 October, 10.00-12.00, our Autumn clean up with the Rangers. The Rangers will be supplying any necessary equipment – meet at the cafe at 10.00 to join in.
On Saturday 5th November, 8:00 start, our Autumn bird watching walk with Pete Brown.
Meet at the foot of the steps into Millhouses Park at 8am. The leisurely walk through the park and back through part of Ecclesall Woods will last about a couple of hours. Pete has a number of pairs of binoculars to lend and all are welcome to take part.
If you have not joined the Friends of Millhouses Park yet, you are very welcome to join us for this and future events!
We are holding another duck race at the fish pass this coming Sunday, 18 September, in support of Diabetes UK who are having an event in the park.
As always, the races are free, and we have prizes for first, second, third and last place each race.
The first race is at 12.30am, then 13.30, 14.30, and last race at 3.30pm. Select your ducks early to avoid disappointment!
We are getting ready for summer at Millhouses Park!
You may already have noticed the new steps leading from the boating lake to the river path, where the treacherous mud path was. These were built over two days by five FOMP volunteers and with great help from the Parks and Countryside Ranger Service.
Maintenance work has also been undertaken on the Watersplash, which is now all ready ready for some sun.
Finally the trim trail assault course is currently getting a much need revamp with artificial grass being added so hopefully no more muddy shoes!
For those wanting to know when the rain delayed Milly Jam will be, we have moved from Saturday to Sunday, see you all tomorrow!