Have a look at the Pollen Count chart below to find out what the pollen count in Sheffield is today, and scroll through the next few days for a forecast of what's coming. The chart also highlights the levels of different types of pollen: grass, trees (birch, cypress, oak, plane and sweet chestnut) and weeds.
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Nicknamed ‘The Steel City’, Sheffield was one of the UKs leading industrial cities during the industrial revolution. Today, it is a vibrant, diverse city nestled on the border of the Peak District. It is rich in history, art, and music and has undergone extensive redevelopment in recent history: it is now estimated that two thirds of the area is taken up by green space.
Being so close to the Peak District National Park, Sheffield will likely have higher pollen counts than the rest of the country, especially if the wind is coming in from the West.
Not to worry; our helpful guide on hayfever friendly things to do in Sheffield should help you survive the pollen season!
Like any city, Sheffield is home to tree, grass and weed pollen, which are the main causes of hayfever symptoms.
Due to it's recent redevelopment, it is now estimated that there are 2 million trees in the area, giving it more trees per person than any other city in Europe. These trees will be a mix of native and exotic trees, cinluding birch, pine, oak, cedar and redwood. The more well-kept parks tend to contain large grassy spaces, whereas wilder woodlands and grassy spaces will also contain plenty of weeds.
All of these species combine to give a pollen season that can start as early as February and extend into September.
Luckily for many, Sheffield city centre has few parks to worry about. However, the cumulative effect of the surrounding green spaces, including the Peak District, may mean that you may still find pollen in the city centre.
To the East of the City, just across the railway, greenery begins to appear in huge numbers around Park Hill and Norfolk Heritage Park. The Broomhall area, though mostly residential, is full of greenery, with tree lined streets and gardens containing huge leafy trees.
There are 80 public parks in Sheffield and 650 other green and open spaces. Some of the most notable parks in the city include:
Peace Garden. This small square is one of the few parks in the city centre. It has a few small grassy areas, a fountain and a handful of trees
Norfolk Heritage Park. This 28 hectare park features picturesque tree-lined footpaths and areas of wild woodland. It contains a variety of trees, including oak and lime
The Ponderosa. Containing areas of woodland wild grassland, as well as a playpark, and an area of open, maintained grass, this park is popular amongst locals, but its wide variety of plant life make it a hotspot for pollen. Tree species here include Yew, Elm, Oak and Hazel. There is also a small orchard featuring apple and plum trees, but these are less likely to trigger hayfever symptoms
Sheffield Botanical Gardens. These beautiful gardens are home to a vast number of native and exotic species of plants, including redwood, maple, witch hazel, birch and rhododendron. The vast array of plants, green spaces and wooded areas make this garden a hotspot for pollen throughout the season
Endcliffe Park. This park contains open grassy areas as well as woodland areas. It is relatively large at around 15 hectares
Devonshire Green. This 1.5 hectare park contains fewer trees than many, but has significant open grassy areas.
Sheffield is one of the UK’s largest cities, with a greater population than Liverpool, Manchester and Bradford. This means that there is always plenty to do in Sheffield.
You’ll find plenty of things to keep you occupied just by wandering around the city centre, but to help you out, here are some ideas to get you started:
The Moor Market provides an exciting and interesting day out for all the family. This eclectic indoor market has a wide variety of stalls, including fresh fruit and veg, fish, meat, coffee, cakes, jewellery, clothes, knitting, crafts and alcohol. Pop along and see what you can find!
Go and see a show at the Crucible Theatre or Lyceum Theatre. There is a wide variety at both to suit all tastes, including plays, musicals, stand up comedies, and kids entertainment
Take a trip to the Millennium Gallery! This gallery explores local history and art, and has fascinating exhibitions, a café and a shop. Plus it’s free entry!
Head to Pond’s Forge, a huge leisure centre in the city centre. It contains a leisure pool, an Olympic-sized pool, a sauna, a trampoline atrium and an ice rink, as well as fitness classes and a gym
Get some retail therapy in the Orchard Square shopping centre. This pedestrianised, open air shopping centre has a huge number of shops to keep you occupied. Or, head further out of the city to the massive Meadowhall Shopping Centre which has even more shops, as well as restaurants and a cinema
Head to the cinema to catch the latest films! In the city centre you’ll find an Odeon, plus an independent cinema called the Showroom Cinema. Showroom is also a creative hub that hosts a number of creative events, as well as office spaces for film and TV production companies.
Our hayfever products can usually be found in Holland & Barrett which can be found near the Moor Market and the Orchard Square Shopping Centre. Alternatively, our products are also stocked in a number of independent stores. The only independent stockist in Sheffield is Wicker Healthfoods on Norfolk Street.
What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your hayfever symptoms. While anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine foods can help control your symptoms, foods containing dairy and foods rich in sugar can actually make them worse.