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!
Volunteers are welcome to join Friends of Millhouses Park on Saturday 14 May 10-2pm. We will be digging, weeding, sowing wild flowers seeds and planting herbs in the Sensory Garden between the tennis courts and the bowling green. Tools and gloves can be supplied but better to bring your own, particularly forks. Children very welcome.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.