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A unique new market that opens this Sunday hopes to bring "a monthly dose of all things botanical" to Castlegate.

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'Grey to Green', the location of the monthly Pollen market in Castlegate.

Taking place for the first time this Sunday is a monthly event completely new to Sheffield – a 'plant, flower and produce' market that will offer weird and wonderful houseplants alongside live music, food and craft beer from local independent traders.

We asked Loz Barker from Peddler Warehouse – the people behind Pollen – to tell us more.

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What can people expect from Pollen?

The idea behind Pollen is to create a ‘collective’ of plant, flower and produce sellers based in and around Sheffield to bring a monthly dose of all things botanical to Castlegate. From flowers and cacti to fruit, veg and seeds, each event will be a floral feast for the eyes, as well as an opportunity to learn some skills yourself and bring life to this side of the city.

The event takes place on the third Sunday of every month (starting 19 September) and will feature around 20 to 25 stalls with a 75% mix of plants, flowers and produce sellers and 25% botanical themed artists and makers. There will be a mobile bar on-site, coffee being served from Albies, as well as a couple of food traders at each event (with a plant-based offering too!)

What inspired the idea of an inner-city flower market?

During and post-pandemic, there’s been a real focus on mental wellbeing and how people mix this into their current lifestyle. Plants, flowers and nature are known to have positive effects on metal wellbeing, so why not bring these elements together and fill what we believe to be a gap in Sheffield’s monthly markets calendar with a theme which will bring a great, positive vibe to this end of the city.

Sheffield is home to an abundance of flower, plant and produce traders and Pollen will be a great way to bring these businesses together and celebrate all thing botanical in one of the greenest cities in the UK.

This is an idea that's totally new to Sheffield. Why did you choose to hold it in Castlegate?

The location of the market is the 'Grey to Green' cycle track, Castlegate. The scheme itself is an award-winning development, bringing sustainability and colour to the city with the planting and biodiversity, as well as nature-inspired artwork. The site even has its very own ‘bug hotel’.

The concept behind the development lends itself perfectly to a monthly flower market, and Pollen will celebrate this by utilising children’s activities from greytogreen.org.uk to engage children and families in the flora and fauna up and down this hidden gem.

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