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Conservation champion retires after 20 years

Roger Kite MBE has handed over control of the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group after almost 20 years at the helm.

When the group was formed in 1991 by local residents concerned about the decline of the valley, Roger agreed to chair this concerned group. From this seed of an idea grew RVCG, which by now must be one of the largest organisations of its kind in the city (with over 500 members).

Roger has overseen many improvements in the valley, being a keenly active member of the RVCG Task Team. He has represented the Group and its members at Public meetings and Forums for the majority of these 20 years. His wide range of contacts in the Council (both Councillors and officers) together with his close links with the many environment organisations and other bodies such as Yorkshire Water, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Ponds Conservation Trust and the Bridleways Forum have been invaluable. Continue reading


Willow Walk now up

On Sunday the 31st January as part of their ongoing improvement works to the Rivelin Mill Dam, the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group and 22 of its Task team members created what they believe to be one of the longest Willow tunnel in the country.

Keith Kendall, Coordinator for the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group said, “Using over 800 Willow whips we created at tunnel just over 165 ft long. The whips were provided by Kings Barn Trees of Cowford West Sussex who gave tremendous help and technical advice. The project was financed by the Sheffield City Council small grants. Our thanks go out to both for helping us create this stunning feature within the valley.

“Whilst looking very raw at the moment we hope within a year or two this feature will be a regular visiting point for visitors to the valley, as will the new pond, Dipping Platform, Outdoor Classroom and Picnic area that the group have created at Rivelin Mill.”