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Milestones and noteworthy events at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Green Flag Award 2010

Once again the Gardens have gained the coveted Green Flag award – the national standard for quality parks and green spaces. Winners are judged to be welcoming and well maintained with the support and involvement of the local community. Congratulations and thanks to all concerned.

Green Flag Award 2010 - Presentation of the Green Flag Award © Ian Turner, 2010



Yorkshire in Bloom – Gold Rose Award 2010

In the Yorkshire in Bloom 2010 competition, the Sheffield Botanical Gardens was awarded the Gold Rose Award in Category 8E - Country Houses, Estates and Parks and Gardens.


Heartbreak Productions 2010
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, 24th – 27th June
Love in Shakespeare, 9th – 11th July
The Secret Garden, 10th – 13th August


Heartbreak Productions returned again this year playing to ever larger audiences who have really come to appreciate the style and talent they display in every production. Playing on the South lawn with the perfect backdrop of the Gardens at their best it has become an annual event to be eagerly anticipated.

The Secret Garden particularly was in the perfect setting:

"While families relaxed around their picnics, led through a great story by fantastic actors on a warm summer's evening, they could have been forgiven for thinking life doesn’t get much better than this….." Nancy Fielder Sheffield Telegraph 12th August 2010.

Heartbreak Productions - Heartbreak Theatre in the Gardens © Meg Jullien, 2010


The other productions, "An Ideal Husband" and Love in Shakespeare, were equally well chosen and enjoyable. About "An Ideal Husband" Director Peter Mimmack said:

"We know that we will be touring to some fabulous country house sites and gardens and we thought a Victorian style garden party would be the ideal way to start the action. We want the audience to embrace this spirit and join the party, don the mask of a high society type and enjoy being looked after by a team of servants."


7th Annual Art in the Gardens, 4th and 5th September 2010

The 7th Annual Art in the Gardens was held on the 4th and 5th September 2010.This year the weather was glorious and 15,000 people flocked to the Gardens to enjoy what Howard Simpson, the Sheffield City Council's event coordinator, said it "was the best ever show, although numbers were slightly down from last year, owing to the many competing events in the area, not least the Chatsworth Country Fair" Sheffield Telegraph 9th September 2010.

The celebrity this year was Toby Foster, the well known presenter and comedian, from Radio Sheffield who judged the Celebrity Portrait competition. The Show was opened by Mary Bagley, Director of Parks and Countryside Sheffield City Council, at the preview evening on the 3rd September, and featured hundreds of premier artists, sculptors and craft workers from around the country. There were several good food outlets, and the popular performing arts stage at the Thompson Road end of the Gardens was the venue for the fashion show by Elizabeth A. Edwards, back for the third year, and many other attractions including Fade 2 Black show band, Chris Fox and the musical memories challenge, Charlie Barker, Julia McNally, Bus Pass Buskers, and The Everley Pregnant Brothers Ukulele Show.

The children's section was as popular as usual and in the pavilions there was a special memorial exhibition in memory of Chris Haig, the well known Sheffield photographer, who died in 2009.

The show was supported by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Alan Law JP, who presented the awards.

It was organised by the Sheffield City Council with help from many willing volunteers to which thanks are due and was sponsored by Real Radio, AllCredit Media, the Open Arts College and Sheffield City Council.

Art in the pavilions © Adrian Richardson, 2010

Art in the Gardens - Toby Foster © Adrian Richardson, 2010

Art in the Gardens - Toby Foster with the winning portrait © Adrian Richardson, 2010


Art in the Gardens - View of the broadwalk © Adrian Richardson, 2010                 Art in the Gardens - Fashion show models © Adrian Richardson, 2010


Music in the Gardens Charity Concerts 2010
Big Band Sound, 30th June
Jazz, 1st July
Cubana Live, 2nd July
Classical, 3rd July


This most successful event was held in the Gardens for the fifth successive year and capacity crowds enjoyed magical nights of music amid the beauty of the Gardens. Food, drink and refreshments were available. The event is organised by the Abbeydale, Hallam, Vulcan and Sheffield Rotary Clubs in conjunction with the Sheffield City Council.

This year £46,000 was raised, beating all the previous years.

Many charities benefit from the money raised, including Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, The Sheffield Kidney Foundation, Shelterbox, Children's Summer Holidays Organisation, MS Trust, Paraplegic Olympic Team, Deenabandhu School (India), Greentop Circus, Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group, The Soup Kitchen, PACT, Friends of Azad Kashmir School (Pakistan), Aquabox, Ban's Place, Diabetes UK Sheffield Branch, Emmaus Project, Rotherham Women’s Refuge, Sheffield Careers Centre, Rotary Foundation and the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust.

Francis and the Funky Presidents - Award winning soul band from High Storrs School © Ian Turner, 2010


The Big Band Sound night artists were Keith Peters Big Band supported by Francis and the Funky Presidents, a soul band from High Storrs School. The Jazz night featured the Dizzy Club and the Sarah Mitchell Quartet. The Cubana Live night starred Omar Puente and his violin supported by the Cubanias and the Classical night featured the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dodworth Colliery Band.

The Cubana Live night was a great success and a new venture. It featured Omar Puentes with his jazz violin and his eight piece band, Cubania. "He is a classically trained musician whose heart beats with Cuban rhythm." Ian Soutar Sheffield Telegraph 1st July 2010

Thanks are due to all who helped to make the events such a success.


The Pantaloon Theatre Company, 19th to 22nd June 2010

The Pantaloons presentations on the South Lawn this year were Macbeth and Much Ado about Nothing. There was a good audience for all the performances, who enjoyed the glorious sunshine and the talented enthusiasm of the players.

"Part alternative rock band, part thespian, part performance art – the result is wholly charming" Ken Russell, The Times 2010.

Pantaloons Theatre Company -  Macbeth © Meg Jullien, 2010



Friends of the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield (FOBS)
Truffles for Charity 24th March 2010


Five hazel trees inoculated with summer truffle spores were recently donated by Dr Paul Thomas of Mycorrhizal Systems (Hope Valley) to Cllr Ray Satur at the Lord Mayor's Charity Dinner. The councillor called on FOBS members to help plant them in the Gardens, promising that a share of any profits from the sale of the truffles will to go to the Gardens, the rest going to the Lord Mayor's charity fund.

FOBS volunteers assisted the Councillor to plant the trees in the restored Woodland Garden. It will be a long-term project though, as it will take 4 - 7 years before any truffles appear, but it is hoped that they will find a ready market locally.

The planting took place on 24 March, 2010 at 11.45am in the restored Woodland Garden at the Thompson Road end of the Gardens).

Truffle tree planting Dr. Paul Thomas and Cllr Ray Satur © Meg Jullien, 2010

Truffle trees planting group © Meg Jullien, 2010



A Real Magical Christmas 11th, 12th and 13th December 2009

Around 15,000 people flocked to this year’s even more spectacular display of floodlighting in the Gardens. This is the fourth year this popular event has been held. The weather was kind and the crowds enjoyed the many food and drink outlets. The miniature steam train, which was provided by the Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society, ran on a short length of track across the east lawn and into a tunnel. There were some craft stalls and Father Christmas visited the Gardens. Carols were sung by local schools and there were free rides for the children, provided by local showground operator William Percival. St. Thomas Church provided a display in the Bear Pit and there was a fairy wonderland inside the pavilions.

The event was supported by Sheffield City Council, the Rotary Club of Sheffield, Hallam FM and was in aid of the charity Cash for Kids who are grateful for the donations and gifts.

A real magical Christmas © Meg Jullien, 2009

A real magical Christmas - Steam Train © Adrian Richardson, 2009

A real magical Christmas - Carol Singing © Adrian Richardson, 2009

A real magical Christmas © Adrian Richardson, 2009

A real magical Christmas - Father Christmas © Adrian Richardson, 2009

A real magical Christmas - Snowman © Adrian Richardson, 2009



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