Dirty knees and sweaty palms

On the penultimate day of the 2nd Sheffield Waterfront festival, a number of us returned for another year to help clean up the wonderful hidden Sheffield gem that is the canal basin. Working with the Canal & Riverside Trust and River Stewardship Company and staff from the Hilton hotel, we cleared away weeds, moss, litter and ivy as well as turning our hand to some cloud pruning.

From experience gained last year in battling similar rain, Chloe and I, along with the fresh hands of Kirsty, Tom and Grace, prepared ourselves for the imminent bad weather caused by Storm Ali. But nothing would stop us from achieving our goals to improve the appearance of Victoria Quays as much as possible in readiness for the festival to be held this Saturday on the 22nd September.

Tom Lloyd and Grace Anderson of Born and Raised tidying Victoria Quays

The festival is a great event for the family and is free to attend. Open from 10am, there will be:

  • boat trips
  • canoe tasters
  • BBQ & street food
  • Sheffield-made artisan and traditional crafts
  • music stage with local bands and musicians playing throughout the day
  • guided canal walks
  • audio art exhibition
Tom Lloyd and Tamaris Roberts of Born and Raised tidying the Quays

In 2019, the Sheffield to Tinsley Canal celebrates its 200th year of opening which will mark an even bigger festival and we will continue to support the charity. We are confident that this event along with the increasing development and investment of this area will bring awareness and vibrancy, attracting new businesses and people to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our home.

For more information on the event, see https://www.facebook.com/events/272000676745091/  and https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/sheffield/whats-on/sheffield-waterfront-festival-154229

Chloe Lowe, Kirsty Grafton, Tamaris Roberts, Grace Anderson and Tom Lloyd of Born and Raised helping tidy Victoria Quays