More About Sheffield
Sheffield is so named after the River Sheaf that runs through the city and is home to over 1.5 million people, making it England’s third largest district by population after Birmingham and Leeds. It received municipal charter in 1843 and became the City of Sheffield in 1893.
A third of the city lies within the Peak District national park and 61% of its total area is green space, with over 250 parks, gardens and woodlands. This makes for some wonderful outdoor experiences including stunning walks and picturesque gardens bursting with spectacular plants and wildlife. It is thought to have more trees per person than any other European city, with over two million trees estimated to be there.
To the east is the limestone gorge called Creswell Crags, where the earliest evidence of human occupation in the Sheffield area was found and the place now called the City of Sheffield is thought to have been inhabited for around 12,800 years. Known for its steelworks and the rise of them during the industrial revolution followed by their demise from the 1970s onwards, Sheffield has a fascinating history and you can read even more about it here.
Sheffield is earmarked to become part of the High Speed Rail Network, which was announced by the coalition government in 2010. Set to begin operation in 2032 the rail network will see Sheffield and Leeds served by a line that will connect with another from Manchester and lead on to London. Several railway routes already run through Sheffield railway station and there are also good road links to the rest of the country via the M1 and M18 motorways.
The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam bring a combined 65,000 students into the city every year, which ties in well with the vibrant music scene in the city. In 2014 the University of Sheffield was ranked the world’s 66th and UK’s 12th in the QS World University Rankings and is one of the original red brick universities.
The city has a strong sporting heritage that includes the first official football club – Sheffield F.C and two current football league clubs in Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. The World Snooker Championships are also famously played at the Crucible Theatre and the city is also home to professional rugby and ice hockey teams – Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield Steelers respectively.
A Walk of Fame in the city centre offers an homage to the famous residents of past and present, not unlike the Hollywood Boulevard, and showcases people such as England’s 1966 World Cup winning keeper Gordon Banks, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, TV great Michael Palin and Helen Sharman who was Britain’s first astronaut.
707 is a company with a strong heritage and ethos so we think that Sheffield is the perfect place for us to be, helping local people and businesses to keep the city clean and make it even more green than it already is through modern waste management solutions and expert advice leading to higher levels of recycling and reusing of materials.