Saturday April 30th brought the sunshine and more than 300 people came out to see the bluebells. The signs of Spring were all around and with inspiration from Ignite Imagination artist Aimee Hickman, everyone was soon gathering up the tiniest seeds, leaves and flower heads to create beautiful mandala patterns.
The festival was organised with the help of the 61st Sheffield Scouts(Wincobank) who had got involved with Roots of Iron earlier with the Light Up the Hill project. They set up their camp kitchen and impressed us all with their award winning cooking – serving up cups of tea, freshly baked bread and fish baked in wet newspaper … all very tasty.
Roots of Iron is a partnership project supported by the Sheffield City Council Woodland Service so all the Rangers were out in force sharing their skills: charcoal making, willow weaving, and encouraging passers-by to try out their skills with natural art in a competition. The winning entries were posted 20 May 2016 on .facebook.com/sheffieldparks
The scouts were both providers and participants at this event. Artist blacksmith Tim Puddephatt was busy tutoring first timers in the art of black-smithing with impressive results:
Some very enthusiastic students from the University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology gave a breath-taking demonstration of how bronze was smelted and moulded to make Iron Age axe heads and on this occasion bluebells.. The Roots of Iron crew provided the person power for the bellows to keep the fire roaring.
In all, more than 300 people passed by that day and had a taste of the past and a stroll in the bluebell woods. Just a stone’s throw from the M1 but so peaceful and oh so beautiful.