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FoPV members can download the latest issue of FoPV News from the members area. If you selected this option you will have been sent password details by email. If you haven't received this email please use the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page.
If you are not a member you can download past issues using the links further down this page.


We hope you find the information you need here. To navigate around the site please use the menu page using the link above. You can find out more about how to become a member, or get involved in the many activities or events that we organise throughout the year. To return to this page use the Home button above. In the unlikely event you can't find what you're looking for, or you have a question, then you can get in touch via the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page.

What's On

Please note that at this time of year inclement weather can sometimes mean we have to cancel or postpone our Events and Activities. When this happens we shall endeavour to do so with as much notice as possible.

Please check the entries below to check whether an event has had to be cancelled or postponed. 

Details of our events and activities are provided here. To find out more information simply click on the event title below.


The FoPV Registry

We are developing and maintaining a record of the wildlife and changes which are witnessed in the valley throughout the year. To find out more, and how you can contribute see our Registry Page.

Forge Dam

We are delighted to announce that Planning Permission has been GRANTED, valid for three years. There are some conditions to the permission which include:

  • Approval of movements of storage of materials and vehicles

  • Management of public access and traffic

  • Method statements for construction methods, waste management and pollution prevention

  • Details of the training wall design

  • Consultations with SCC Ecology Unit

  • Submission of a Remediation Strategy Report relating to the silt removal.

These conditions are what we were expecting, given that these are things that need to be addressed during the detailed design work. We now have all the permissions in place to enable us to apply to potential donors for the outstanding monies.


We have a new publication available in our online shop. It's called Walking the Porter Valley and combines a walking guide with a wealth of information about the Porter Valley.

Take a journey up the Porter Valley, looking at the flora, fauna, geology and history of our much loved and used area in Sheffield. Follow the River Porter from Hunters Bar to its source on the moors, near Rud Hill.

It is also richly-illustrated with old photographs and information showing what the valley was like in the past.

The FoPV are taking a close interest in the council's latest consultations for potential flood defences within the Porter Valley. Following the consultation late last year the council have announced that the proposal at Whiteley Woods will no longer be considered. You can read their full press release here.

The original plans included proposed projects within the Porter Valley such as barriers at three locations including one at Endcliffe Park and we would encourage you to see what is being considered by looking at the Councils website at

The FoPV response to the consultations in 2016 was made after receiving comments and suggestions from our members.

You can Download our reply to Sheffield City Council here.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with this. We shall of course be keeping members up to date with progress.


Forge Dam

The thermometer here shows how much we have raised to date from small donations and events, including 70,000 from Council Section 106 money (under this scheme new property developments have to give money for community good). 

For more details about Forge Dam, the Proposals, and Updates of the works so far - take a look at our Forge Dam Pages.

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Facebook Group LinkIf you have a facebook account then you can join in the discussions and share your photographs on our facebook page. Just click on the link here and log into your account - you will be taken to our group page


Where we are;

This map shows where the main features are within the FoPV area of the valley. Use the Menu Button Google menu icon to select or deselect the feature you are interested in. You can zoom in or out as desired.

FoPV Newsletter

Porter Valley News is our regular newsletter with news and the latest information about what is happening in the valley and in FoPV.

Members can download the latest issue from the members area (link also at the top of this page).


You can download back copies here.


Issue 91 Oct 2018

Issue 90 Jul 2018

Issue 89 Apr 2018

Issue 88 Jan 2018

Fly Tipping, Litter, Graffiti, Abandoned Vehicles

If you find anything like this in the Valley please use the Council's online form to report it by clicking on the image here.

link to Sheffield City Council

Flooded roads or blocked road drains

Please use this link for blocked road drains.

link to Sheffield City Council

0800 80 70 60
Don't ignore it, report it!
If you suspect the river is being polluted or to report any environmental incident in the Porter Valley, please call the Environment Agency Hotline on the number above.
(Calls from mobile phones are not free and will be charged at normal network operator's call rates)


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FoPV Online Media Manager: Mike Halliwell

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Friends of the Porter Valley; Established 1994