Monday 5th December 2022, 7:00pm – 10:00pm: The Nesst Winter Gathering, in person at Kenwood Hall

7:00pm Greetings, Bar Open and Raffle Tickets on Sale

7:30pm ‘Averting the Insect Apocalypse’ Film and Discussion

9:00-10:00pm Raffle Prize Draw and Festive Holiday Social

All welcome, spaces are limited so RSVP to Sally or Julie (details on poster image). Voluntary donation suggested of £5 or more at the door to help fund our bird nest box campaigns.

Monday 21st November 2022, 7.30pm – ‘Birds in past human societies: can we learn about our future?online talk

A talk by Professor Umberto Albarella of Sheffield University: “Birds have shaped human societies as much as we have modified their aspect, behaviour, and, sadly, chances of survival. We owe them much because they have immensely enriched our lives and they continue to do so. The archaeological evidence of past birds provides us with valuable insights into the relationship between humans and birds and can teach us important lessons about how much we will lose by treating birds merely as commodities. In this talk, I’ll provide some examples of this past relationship – mainly from my own research – and will make considerations about their value for our future”.

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Monday 24th October 2022, 7.30pm, NESST Annual General Meeting 2022 (online)

We’ll present the progress we have made in our community, in relation to our constituted aims, over the last 12 months, and plans for the next 12 months. As well as the formal business of electing and re-electing members of the NESST organising committee, we’ll make the first reveal of the locations of the 60 additional street trees that will be planted in early 2023.

Members will receive an email with a link to the online meeting. Please do join us!

Saturday 10th September 2022, 10am – Where is the River Banner?

Meet outside North Town Deli & Kitchen, 699/701 Abbeydale Road – In this walk we will explore the southern boundary of the NESST area: Bannerdale. The River Banner is one of Sheffield’s “lost rivers.” It exists but where is it? While searching for the Banner, we will reflect upon the areas landscape, points of interest, habitat and biodiversity, as well as potential sites for food growing and tree planting. The walk will start and finish outside the North Town Deli & Kitchen, 699/701 Abbeydale Road, S7 2BR. We are starting at the bottom and then we will go up and then come back down: it’s easier!  

Image credit: Historic England: aerial photo of Bannerdale Road half built in 1950, showing the possible course of the Banner through fields

Monday 20th June 2022, 7pm – An evening walk along the Porter Valley

Meet at the Hunters Bar Entrance to Endcliffe Park – In this walk, we will search a part of the River Porter valley, continuing our exploration of the boundaries of the NESST area. In the 2 hour walk we will visit several sites of significance that will enable us to reflect upon how memory is entangled in a landscape with which many of us are so familiar. We will consider war and loss, the industrial Revolution, recreation and play, flood and risk and finally resistance and emotion. The furthest part of the walk will be the Boating lake just past Bingham Park. Participants should bring suitable footwear and maybe a waterproof. If the weather is inclement, we will go to a local pub at Hunters Bar! After the walk finishes at 9 pm we will go to a local pub anyway!!

Monday 25th April 2022, 7.30pm – The importance of solitary bees – zoom talk

Local wild bees enthusiast Julie Dysart will give a talk about the lesser-known importance of solitary bees in terms of pollination. She will also talk about how specific their nesting needs are, and how the designs sold in garden centres are often unsuitable. Aim to log into the meeting 5 minutes early via the following weblink:

Monday 21st March 2022, 7.30pm – Sheaf and Porter Rivers Trust online talk

Andy Buck, Ric Bingham and Kate Lonsdale will give an online educational talk about the Sheaf and Porter Rivers Trust. They will aim to cover their purpose and objectives, all their current projects and activities, and their aspirations for the future. This will hopefully provide the basis for a lively discussion and question session at the end. Please aim to log in 5 minutes early using the following link:

Monday 21st February 2022, 7.30pm – Detroit Urban Regeneration online talk 

This will be much anticipated talk from our very own local urban geographer and retired teacher, Mark James. Mark says: “If we think of the image of the image of the ultimate post industrial city we think of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Yet at the same time we can now think of urban gardening. How did the urban gardening movement grow in Detroit from the 1970s to the point today where the cities chief planner can see urban gardening as central to Detroit’s sense of identity. What are the forces at work that now might compromise half a century of urban gardening? In a time of climate emergency what are the lessons for Sheffield as we seek to make our city sustainable?” Please aim to log in 5 minutes early using the following link:

Monday 13th December 2021 7.30pm – A talk about the Sheffield Wheat Experiment

We are delighted to welcome Ruth Levene from the Sheffield Wheat Experiment to talk about this project. In October 2020, more than 200 people took part in the experiment to plant heritage wheat in their allotments, gardens, pots, public spaces or schools. In summer this year, the wheat was harvested and threshed at a communal event which produced 130 kg of grain, some of which has been planted this autumn for harvest next year. The project explores whether we can create a Sheffield ‘landrace’ of wheat, and asks questions around nutrition, climate change resilience, food sovereignty and a local grain economy. Link for the talk on the night:

Monday Monday 15th November 2021, 7.30pm to 9.30pm – The first NESST Annual General Meeting

An agenda and order of business will be sent out to all NESST members, ahead of the meeting. Voting in of committee members will take place at the meeting, and new nominations can be accepted ahead of this. Excitingly, at the meeting we’ll be revealing the locations of the 56 additional street trees that will be planted in our area this coming six months.

Members will receive an email with a link to the online meeting. If you are not a member already, now is the time to join and participate!

Monday 18th October 2021, 7.30pm – A talk about Swift Conservation from the S11 Group

Locals Nicola Gilbert, Fran Grace and Ian Wilshaw will lead the talk and discussion, explaining the aims of the initiative, how you can contribute, and answering any questions you may have. Join the talk on the night by clicking the following link:

Monday 19th July 2021, 7.00pm – Outdoor Urban Walk along the Porter Valley

An urban walk led by Mark James, part of mapping the boundary of the NESST. Meet outside The Stag’s Head pub on Psalter Lane, 7pm.

In this walk we will explore the Porter Valley. Starting from The Stag’s Head pub, we will walk down Sharrow Vale Road to the entrance of Endcliffe Park. We will then follow the River Porter as closely as we can past the Snuff Mill, through the General Cemetery to Waitrose and then back to The Stag’s Head pub for about 9 pm. Along the way we will examine community garden initiatives like Kenwood Community Growers, the wildflower meadow at Landsdowne and discuss flood mitigation along the Porter Valley and potential new developments at Waitrose.

Monday 21st June 2021, 7.30pm – The Potting Shed

We are delighted to welcome Steven Cotton who will outline the work he does with the “ Potting Shed” which is a micro plant nursery based at the bottom of Kenbourne Road in Nether Edge. Plants are grown organically in peat free compost. The gardeners are young people who under the umbrella of the “Grow” charity are developing their interpersonal skills to prepare them for the world of work. Steven’s talk will be an important contribution to our understanding of sustainable gardening and to consider how we can support young people in these challenging times. Steven will talk for about 25 minutes and then there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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Monday 26th April 2021, 7.30pm – NESST public meeting

We’ll be giving detailed updates on all our projects, and how you can get involved.

Monday 15th March 2021, 7.30pm – Sheffield Renewables

NESST is delighted to host an online talk by Dr. Richard Collins of the University of Sheffield who will outline the work of Sheffield Renewables. Richard is a resident of Nether Edge and chair of Sheffield Renewables, which is a social enterprise company. Founded in 2007 Sheffield Renewables is involved in a number of innovative projects connected with sustainable energy, including solar arrays, and have previously explored local scale hydro schemes. Slides of the talk (6.8MB) PDF here.

Monday 25th January 2021, 7.30pm – Climate Emergency Centres – by Alison Teal

Climate Emergency Centres (CECs) are a movement specific project that enables the development of a self-funding Centre that brings together diverse groups and individuals in the local community to build solutions.  If you would like to learn more, please come along and after a brief presentation, we can discuss the possibilities!

We stopped the Chop! – Save Nether Edge Trees virtual Social and Quiz – Monday December 14th 2020, 7.30pm-9.30pm 

Hosted by The SNET core group there will be a Seasonal quiz, other festive activities and socially distanced mingling! There will also be an update on street trees and the Street tree strategy.