News and Events on the Sheaf and Porter

A big "Thank You" to the family of Benjamin Bamford for their generous donation  to the Trust after we rescued his headstone from the Porter Brook at Sheffield's General Cemetery

We cleaned up...and decorated too!

Sep 2019

What an epic weekend for the Sheaf & Porter Rivers Trust and so many people to thank!

Thanks a blueion to the Friday evening River painting squad who did such a magical job of painting the River Sheaf on Exchange Street so that hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds could engage with the river on Saturday afternoon :) It was truly magical to see this and to see the reactions of people when they discovered they were standing over the river Sheaf as it runs through the World famous Megatron culvert!

Thanks a squidillion to all the hundreds of people who got involved in engaging with the "River", by drawing on it or stopping to chat with us and show your support for our cause :)

I only wish we had, somehow, tried to track the uptake as I counted at least 10 different languages being spoken and we had everyone from children to homeless people engaging with it. We are discussing exploring a way to make it a permanent feature across the city, way-marking the rivers so that people can engage with them and have a relationship with them that has been lost since the 1800's. Imagine conversations, referencing locations as being "next to the river" or "just over the river" even when the river remains hidden, and the splash of colour throughout the city. This would also help to push the idea of daylighting them where possible and hopefully generate a greater social and environmental conscious where the rivers are concerned.

Anyone, wishing to support us in our vision or help in other ways please don't hesitate to get in touch with us or at least share the word and keep an eye on our page for similar future projects.

#Hiddenriversheffield #Megatron #paintingtheriver #sheffieldisawesome #outdoorcity #communityart #daylighting #rivers #wildswimming

And a clean up at Broadfield Park too

Sept 2019

The 2nd part of our thank yous for this weekends activities :D

Thanks a ton or two (the rubbish removed from in and around the river at Broadfield Park), to Decathlon UK for sponsoring the #WorldCleanupDay2019 event and to our friends Mike and Elizabeth at River Stewardship Company for dealing with the stress of running such a huge event (over 100 awesome Sheffielders were involved on the day).

Grazie mille to Nina, from Nina&Sons. Milliners, for bringing her haute couture hat making skills to the task of Fish Hat making on the day :) With over 30 made we would say it was a great success.

Vielen dank, to Sally from our friends Sheffield General Cemetery for bringing her skills to bear in supervising the path clearances so that RSC could deal with the river and bank work.

Loads of bat love for the Batmen and Batgirls from South Yorkshire Bat Group for their further help with bat monitoring in the Megatron and their assistance with helping us in avoiding causing undue harm or distress to the Daubenton bats present down there.

Most of all thank you to all of you who came and took part in the various events and showed your support for the Sheaf & Porter Trust, without you guys we wouldn't be able to achieve any of the things we do, or are working towards.

#workingtogether #sheffieldisawesome #sheffield #batman #outdoorcity #sheffieldhiddenrivers #megatron #daylighting #community

May 2019


A new organisation dedicated to ‘putting the Sheaf back in Sheffield (as well as the Porter Brook) was given a rousing launch on Wednesday evening at the Showroom cinema.

Some 220 people filled the largest screen to watch the inspirational documentary ‘Lost Rivers’ followed by a short  video featuring local people who already support the trust including riverside business owners Anthony Wood (Star Print) and Alex Barlow (Triple Point Brewery) , Heeley City Farm founder

John Le Corney, Martin Gorman chair of Friends of Sheffield Castle, Paul Gaskell of Wild Trout Trust and riverside resident Viv Thom.  Sheffield Waterways Strategy chair Simon Ogden introduced the aims and activities of the trust.

The Trust believes that now is this the time to focus on Sheffield’s two most abused and hidden rivers – the lower reaches of the Sheaf and Porter, large sections of which remain hidden. Some will probably remain so for several years to come, but there is plenty for the new Trust to do now and

for people to get involved with.


Reasons include climate change and more frequent flood risk, a chance to reverse the loss of bio-diversity locally, Sheffield’s growing city centre human population , new opportunities for non-polluting, healthy, cycling and walking, making sports and pastimes usually associated with the countryside, accessible on the doorsteps of city residents as part of Sheffield’s Outdoor City offer, the opportunity of removing culverts which have come to the end of their structural life or are subject to redevelopment as well as the fascination of these hidden and unintentionally beautiful spaces under the city.

The trust will;

  • press for rivers to be accessible and visible where they flow through public spaces like Broadfield Road or Heeley Millennium Park

  • start regular clean-ups combined with a renewed campaign against tipping and abuse

  • work to persuade river bank owners to give up a little land for the river so that existing sections of walk and cycleway such as at Broadfield Business Park, don’t end abruptly.

  • mobilise public support for the Council and Environment agency to fully implement their policies on river de-culverting and public access where development takes place

  • organise walks and talks to explore the rich natural and human history of our rivers including more of the very popular urban caving tours

  • fight for light-wells into the station culverts to attract fish and partial naturalisation as part of the multi-million works planned for the accommodation of High Speed services over the next ten years whilst looking after the bat colonies which hibernate in some sections where rivers must stay hidden for the time being, mark their course through art and interpretation

  • work with others to raise around £1.4 million pounds to create the Sheaf Field pocket park at the confluence of the Sheaf and Don, at the heart of a regenerated Castlegate where Sheffield was born 900 years ago.

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