Introducing… The Polite Pruners!!

Do you have trees that are in need of a bit of prune, or know someone that does? Looking for a service that is ecological, respectful and trustworthy? Well we are delighted to introduce…
Polite Pruners– a new enterprise started by Abundance and Grow Sheffield regulars James and Daniele! Now is the season to get pruning, so get in touch to  give your trees to a New Years treat!



Want somebody to look after your trees in a

sensitive and respectful way?

We are ecologically-minded tree pruners,

specialising in fruit tree work.

  • We have over 5 years experience working with fruit trees, including running workshops as part of Grow Sheffield’s Abundance project.
  • We practise the ‘art’ of pruning trees for the health of the tree, to encourage direction of growth and to improve quantity and quality of the harvest.
  • We use hand tools where possible for precision and safety (and for peacefulness!)
  • We are friendly and reliable…and always polite!
  • We aim to be as eco-sensitive as possible, travelling by bike if there is no load to carry, making sure ‘waste’ goes onto another use (compost or firewood), and most of all, working with the tree rather than against it.

For general enquiries or if you would like to request

a quote please email

Alternatively you can phone Daniele on 07535653842 or James on 07422575853


Allotment Soup is back!!







We’re back at Manor Allotments this September 20th for our annual creative and artistic harvest celebration….and you’re all invited!!

Allotment Soup is an annual creative and artistic harvest celebration that takes place on a different Sheffield allotment site each year.
Plot holders open up their plots to the public and to host an artwork, performance, or event on the day.

Artists, poets and performers are invited to create original artwork in response to the site, theme and season.

You are all invited to join us from 12:00 at Manor Allotments!
When the site opens you will be able to visit the allotments and see the wonderful produce being grown, from cabbages to calaloo and from potatoes to pigeon peas. You will also find many different forms of art, such as paintings and photographs, circus performers and musicians, but also poets and storytellers. There will also be lots of activities for children.

Tasty food will be served as well as the traditional Allotment Soup and there will be drinks and snacks available throughout the afternoon.

In the evening there will be live music and a campfire, weather permitting.

Click here for flyer: AS2015 Poster Final

Facebook event:

Exciting new volunteer opportunity!

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain or deepen your experience of volunteer management?

Are you a confident and skilled person who is comfortable in maintaining regular contact with volunteers?

We are looking for a Volunteers Coordinator.  In this demanding volunteer role you carry out a wide range of tasks which include helping to recruit, place, manage, develop and retain volunteers in all our projects including Abundance and Sheffield Food Network. In order to do this, you will work closely with the Grow Sheffield co-ordinators and the Abundance coordinator to assess our needs, write and update volunteer opportunities and advertise on a number of recruitment platforms, including social media.

Working with existing policies and procedures, this role involves keeping in contact with volunteers and making sure that they are on track to complete their tasks, and that they are happy with their volunteer experience. This contact will be maintained through email, phone and face to face meetings.

You will make first contact with new volunteers and make sure that our needs complement the needs and skills of the volunteer. You will also ensure that all volunteers are properly supported.

This role gives you the opportunity to keep up-to-date with legislation and policy related to volunteering, and you will be able to update our Board of directors (core team) on requirements for our volunteer care policies and procedures. To be able to do this role and fully benefit from the experience, you should be able to spend the equivalent of at least one day based in our office, which is in Sharrow, close to the city.

You will need to have good communication and IT skills, have some experience in working in the voluntary sector and people supervision. You must have a mature and proactive approach to work and be able and willing to work mostly on your own initiative.

For more information or to request an application form, email: or contact Emily Clark on 0114 258 0784 (Please note that we work part time and so might not always get back to you straight away!)