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Beauchief Environment Group News & Events

DIARY of EVENTS

Monday 16 September: Working Morning: Annual Haymaking on Little Wood Bank
We mow a grassy glade each year in order to preserve its open nature and to prevent incursion of tree seedlings and brambles etc. This helps to maintain the biodiversity of the area. Members are invited to join the Monday group to help with this important task.
Meet: 9.30 am at the steps on Beauchief Drive, opposite the end of the path through Old Park Wood. All are welcome.

Sunday 8 September: Greenhill Library - Farmers and Artisan Market
Food and crafts from local producers
10.00 am - 4.00 pm

1.30 - 4.30 pm: Bradway Fun Day at the Old School Field

Games – dog show, - refreshments etc.

The next Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th October 2019. Please use the telephone numbers in the right hand column if there is an issue you would like to have discussed at the meeting, or if you are interested in joining the Committee.

The Monday Working Group meets every Monday morning at 9.30 am to undertake a large variety of tasks. They usually meet at Beauchief Abbey Barns. Everyone is welcome, so if you are interested in joining this regular session please telephone 0114 236 9876 for details of the work planned on the following Monday.

THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION FOR BEG IS £3.50 FOR A FAMILY
Subscriptions fall due at the end of December. Please complete a form and send your subscription and/or donation to Hon Treasurer BEG, 67 Glen View Road, Sheffield S8 7SG. Please make your cheque or postal order payable to “Beauchief Environment Group”.  A form can be downloaded from this website

Beauchief Nature Park - Projected Tree Nursery
Once a small area of ground has been cleared at the Nature Park, we hope to be able to plant some seedlings of native trees gathered locally. When grown to a suitable height they could be used in hedges and on other parts of the Nature Park. We are seeking any donations from members of seedlings in pots germinated from local seeds. Possible species are oak, beech, rowan, horse chestnut, sweet chestnut, ash, sycamore, hawthorn, hazel. If you have any rogue tree seedlings in your garden which you might otherwise have removed please pot them up and pass them on. Contact Carol or Diana at any time if you have anything to offer.

Beauchief Nature Park – the new path:
Members of the Monday Group have spent several sessions clearing a new path for walkers on the Nature Park. This leads from the end of the car park and up through woodland at the edge of the site, parallel to the Holly Path. Towards the top end it passes through an area where whips of native trees have been planted this season. This makes a really pleasant and interesting walk, and though a bit slippery underfoot at present this will improve with drier weather. By planting plenty of native trees we hope to do our bit towards maintaining woodland habitat in Sheffield. Sadly, ash die-back, currently taking hold in many areas of the country along with other tree diseases brought into the UK on imported trees, are set to change our landscape in a major way. One thing we can do according to the Woodland Trust is simply to plant native tree species, if possible making sure they are British grown. As a voluntary group we have now obtained more young trees from OVO Energy who have previously supplied these for the Nature Park free of charge.

Beauchief Nature Park: Beauchief Drive, opposite Gulleys Wood
On Monday afternoon 30th March, lots of BEG people turned up in perfect weather. After a brief reminder of the project, and look at the plan to discuss the best tree layout we divided into two groups to measure and mark out planting spaces with stakes. Some used a pedometer, and some a tape. We were working directly into freshly turned sods, as the digger and tractor moved soil alongside us, quite safely. The area designated to be the forest garden was roughly marked out but the edges could be flexible. The group thought that a winding path through would be the most suitable and this was marked out with stakes. The final layout looked very exciting and professional.

As a follow-up, on Monday 13th April, twenty people came to help plant the 30 fruit trees, some from BEG and some allotment holders too, which was good because the work proved somewhat harder than was initially imagined. The trees came in 12 litre pots and were brought in by Ed from the Council Woodlands Dept along with some compost, stakes and ties. BEG provided tree guards to protect the stems from possible rabbit damage as we already had a large stock of these left over from previous hedge planting sessions. After Ed had given a demonstration of how each tree should be planted and staked, the volunteers split into groups and began the task. Some holes were quite hard to dig as the soil was drier than expected rather stony in places. Each tree received some fresh, moist compost around the roots before the hole was re-filled and the tree staked. Each was then mulched with wood chip barrowed down from the pile stored on site. We were very pleased with ourselves when all the trees were in place and we stepped back to have a look. An excellent and rewarding morning’s work, well worth the effort put in. After a few days with no rain the Monday group helped Ed do some watering and soon afterwards leaves began to appear and even some flowers. There will still be a lot more to do in later months and another planting session in late autumn. 

Trees planted in the orchard (Phase 1)
Apples: Bramley’s Seedling, Christmas Pippin, Egremont Russet, Ellison’s Orange, Fiesta (Red Pippin), Golden Delicious, James Grieve, Herefordshire Russet, Red Falstaff, Scrumptious, Tickled Pink (Baya Marisa)
Greengage: Old Green Gage,
Damson: Merryweather,
Plums: Guinevere, Marjorie’s Seedling, Victoria
Cherries: Morello, Stella, Summer Sun, Sweetheart; unfortunately Sunburst did not survive the summer dry weather.
Pears: Beurré Hardy, Concorde, Conference, Doyenné du Comice
Walnut: Broadview or Buccaneer,
Hazel (Filbert)

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet:
The restoration project at the Hamlet with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund is in hand. The large water wheel is currently being restored. At present the area over the wheel is covered to protect it from the elements and so far a new beam has recently been installed to replace the one which was rotting away. You may have noticed a new learning and visitor centre being built on what was the overflow car park. The building is modern and eco-friendly and will accommodate new interpretation material and facilities for learning. The cafe and shop will also be located there, freeing up space in the old hamlet buildings for other uses. The project aims to encourage wider use of the site by the community throughout the year, and support and help from local community groups is being sought. The grounds need quite a lot of work to be done in order to make the site more welcoming and suitable for people with disabilities. Specialist contractors will be needed to carry out the difficult jobs. As BEG has worked at the site in previous years, we have been asked for our help once again. The staff at the Museums Trust hope that we may be inspired to offer further help as the project progresses.

LITTLE WOOD BANK: - Habitat Management Update
On 9th November 2015 three of us met John Gilpin, the Woodlands Officer, to walk the whole area in order to review/update the management of Little Wood Bank. During the walk a number of important tasks were identified to be undertaken at different seasons of the year, either by BEG or the Woodlands Dept. The main open area of gorse scrub was inspected and it was clear that since coppicing some years ago healthy re-growth had been successfully achieved. Some of the gorse had grown “leggy” again so these particular bushes are due to be re-coppiced so that dense, low cover can be maintained. 
The holly on the Bank has increased considerably over recent years and Mr Gilpin suggested that this could be thinned out in a few places and these were identified. (See Monday group reports above). The removal of some saplings from areas intended to be kept open was also suggested and this will be added to the list of winter tasks. It was arranged that the Rangers would use their flail mower to help us cut back particularly dense brambles and thick vegetation from the edges of the meadow and other open areas accessible to the machine. Woodlands were also to deal with some broken, and possibly dangerous, tree branches, which I believe has now been carried out. In addition to the above the annual haymaking is to be continued and the Monday group will keep an eye out for when other maintenance tasks need to be tackled.


NEWS – what’s been happening recently

FLOWER WALK – SATURDAY 6 JULY 2019: 

Unfortunately the morning was wet but by 2.00 pm it turned out to be a lovely day. Sadly, this event did not attract any members other than those of us leading it, possibly due to the wet morning. Rather than give up, four of us decided to look at what was in flower along Beauchief Drive and then do a survey of species flowering in the Nature Park meadow. This proved to be quite a difficult job due to the sheer density of the vegetation. We were amazed at just how many species were in flower and the profusion of some of them. Prominent species in the hedges and hedge bottoms along Beauchief Drive were, Wood avens, White dead nettle, Silverweed, Dog’s mercury, Hedge woundwort, Cleavers, Bindweed, not all species were in flower. The
bindweed flowers however were much in evidence and there was a great display of field roses at various places along the hedgerows. We did find white bryony but it was not in flower. There were lots of species flowering in the Nature Park meadow, some of which came as a surprise as you couldn’t see them from the track. We were particularly pleased to see that Yellow rattle was present, both in the meadow and in the orchard as the seeds had only been introduced last year.
Non-grass species identified: A= abundant, F= frequent, O= occasional, R= rare
Yellow rattle (O); Cornflower (F); Meadow cranesbill (F); Yarrow (A); Red clover (A); Black knapweed (A)
Birds wood trefoil(F); Meadow vetchling (F); Tufted vetch (A); Bush vetch (A); Ox-eye daisy (A);
Corncockle (O); Hedge Bedstraw (F); Hairy tare (F); White campion (R)

ANNUAL ATTACK ON NON-NATIVE SPECIES. SATURDAY 22nd JUNE 2019 – Ladies Spring Wood 
Three determined ‘balsam bashers set out on this annual task, following the River Sheaf from its emergence under the railway by Dore and Totley Station to the beginning of the cliff face that drops down from the Beauchief Golf Course practice area. Most plants are found along the riverbank, and near to inland pools and damp areas made wet this year by recent heavy rains. Our efforts in 2017, when we pulled up well over 1000 stems, were still having an effect, as we only found about 260 stems of Himalayan Balsam – very similar to last year’s count. The difference was that several stems were very large, with some standing over 2 metres tall. Surprisingly they were not yet in flower. Only six single stems of Japanese Knotweed were found above the weir. As in previous years, only six of the stems of Balsam were found below the weir, but there was a small clump of knotweed there too. Many thanks to our three volunteers, who ensured that the SSSI is largely clear of these invasive species for another year

ENVIRONMENT WEEK WALK – WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2019
Light rain persisted for the whole of the day scheduled for our event and the walk was looking very doubtful. Four BEG members turned up at 6.30 pm to see if anyone would come, as it was not possible to let people know if it was cancelled. By then it was only drizzling and two people arrived, so it was decided to carry on. The Abbey had been opened for us and we all had a look round before starting the walk. We went up through the Nature Park to High and Ladies Spring Woods explaining BEG’s work to our visitors en route. It turned out to be a very pleasant walk, and even in the gloom the bluebells were looking magnificent. It didn’t seem to matter there being no sun as the young leaves on the trees in Ladies Spring Wood appeared to glow and gave it a unique and romantic, mysterious feel. We had a look by the badger sett and down the “postman’s path” steps to the interpretation board, and then back, chatting all the way. Although the weather was not perfect we didn’t get very wet and were treated to non-stop bird song throughout. Our visitors said how much they enjoyed being out with us and we hope to see them again sometime.

WORKING MORNING: SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2018
Only three people came along but they managed to collect several bags of litter from a fairly wide area. One black sack with a label, which had been collected by an anonymous person for BEG to remove, was carried back to the barns for later disposal. Although the turnout was low they managed a very thorough clean up. Many thanks for turning out and doing a good job.

VISIT BY LOUISE HAIG MP: MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2018
Louise Haig, MP for the Heeley constituency accepted our invitation to learn about what BEG does in the area and to see the group in action. Having asked when the work sessions take place, we were delighted that she suggested a Monday morning visit would be suitable for her. Louise and Kat, her Office Manager, arrived promptly at 9.30 am to meet committee members and the Monday group before they set about their morning tasks. After introductions and a chat with everyone present, we set off up Beauchief Drive outlining the area BEG covers and explaining some of the past and present projects we have undertaken. Pausing at Shene Field and Gulleys Wood Meadow we outlined BEG’s role in the Higher Level Stewardship of these areas and then moved on to the Nature Park for a look round, detailing the work we do there. It was then a short walk from the top of the Nature Park up to High Wood to see the Monday group in action repairing steps. Louise was impressed by the work we do and showed great interest throughout. To further illustrate the range of work undertaken, on the way back we met up with members who had been litter picking and starting a wall repair at Beauchief Abbey. Thank you Louise and Kat for a very worthwhile and enjoyable meeting and we hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again.

WORKING MORNING: SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2018
The weather forecast for the morning was for rain, but by 9.30 the rain had eased and six members arrived. The task was to sow yellow rattle seeds on the meadow and orchard at the Nature Park. Yellow rattle is an annual species semi-parasitic on grass roots which eventually will reduce vigorous growth. It is a species often found in established undisturbed meadows and is recommended as an addition to newly sown meadows. The seeds used came from two sources; some bought from a specialist wildflower seed supplier and some harvested from Gulley’s Wood Meadow when the seed had set and before the annual cut. Having taken advice on the best way to sow the seeds, we scarified well-spaced areas of meadow to expose soil and then applied seed. We managed to finish the meadow and had well-earned coffee and biscuits before the rain started again. Four of the six carried on and sowed a part of the orchard.

FUNGUS FORAY: SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018
This event was run jointly for BEG and Sorby Natural History Society members and was led by Michael (Ziggy) Senkans of the City Ecology Dept. Seventeen people turned up at the Abbey on a very pleasant morning. The fungi were not quite as abundant as we might have expected if there had been more rain and slightly cooler temperatures in the days leading up to the walk. However, we were not disappointed with the findings. We started off by looking in the Abbey grounds, then into Parkbank Wood, along Beauchief Drive then into Gulleys Wood Meadow. Gulleys Wood Meadow is usually a good place to find wax cap fungi (Hygrophorus and Hygrocybe species), but sadly none were found on this occasion.

ANCIENT TREES IN BEAUCHIEF
An ongoing project with Michael Senkans (Ziggy), SCC Biodiversity Monitoring Officer
Whilst recognising that none of the trees in our area qualifies as being in the “Major Oak” category, we nevertheless have trees special to our area. On two evenings we made a start mapping and recording these venerable trees following the method set down by English Nature. So far we have studied 2 beech trees and a sweet chestnut behind Beauchief Hall, a five trunked field maple behind Bradway Golf Range and a very large alder by Beauchief Ponds. The aim is to continue with this project so that a permanent record is kept of these very old trees. 

Grassland Monitoring - Shene Field and Gulleys Wood Meadow
The Council is monitoring the areas of grassland in its ownership and keeping records of species present, especially those regarded as key species, in order to gauge the extent of changes that may be taking place there, whether improvement or deterioration. Michael Senkans (SCC Biodiversity Monitoring Officer) and BEG members have met on three occasions since spring 2011, using monitoring sheets to review and record any changes in species/abundance and management which may have occurred in the two meadows under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. Since the previous visit on 7 July highland cattle have grazed in Shene field so we were not able to find the late flowering species, such as harebell, on the 8 September visit. The cattle have done a fine job of keeping thistles and scrub at bay and will probably be taken out of the field quite soon. We found quite a few fruiting bodies of a fungus known as the Dung Roundhead, not surprisingly growing on cow pats! Gulley’s Wood Meadow was mown in August and the grass is looking fine. 

MONDAY WORKING GROUP: March - August 2019 

Monday 19 August
For the nine that arrived today, the main task was to trim the hedge around the Abbey; it was extremely high in places. Using the hedge trimmer alongside hand tools the whole hedge was trimmed on both sides. The Golf Club allowed us to put the cuttings on their Bonfire pile. With some time left before we finished, some of us then went up to Shene Field and pulled the thistles that had grown. It is pleasing to see that while last time it took the whole team most of the morning to do this, today with only four, it took only 40 minutes.

Monday 12 August
Only seven members appeared at the Barn this morning.  One went to litter pick whilst the remainder headed to the path around the De La Salle playing fields. 
Overhanging brambles, branches and wild roses were trimmed to remove obstructions for walkers and the mower was used to trim the path-side grasses.  We managed to get as far as the nettle patch so it is currently clear from the Cobble Path to the Round Walk.


Monday 5 August
On what turned out to be a warm, dry morning, seven of us arrived at the Barn, obviously not deterred by the Morning downpour. Two groups worked separately in the Nature Park and the Hall path. In the Nature Park, the clockwise pathbeing severely overgrown had its edges trimmed and the path to the two benches was cleared. The Hall path, similarly was overgrown in places and we made it easier for the regular users. The mower and strimmer would have made the job easier, and it is our intention to return next week with these.  The Nettle Patch was also given a trim, using the scythe.

Monday 29 July
Ten of us went willingly to the top of the Monday Group Path where , in December 2017, we had planted 70 [approx] whips . Our task was to locate them in the heavy undergrowth and clear around them, to aid their development. We located 60 that had survived which had various levels of growth and a further 10 that had not survived. It was very difficult to locate them, but hopefully we got to most of them. The survivors now have roughly a square metre of clear area around them so they can take advantage of the summer sun and rain. 

Monday 22 July
On what turned out to be a very warm morning, nine of us arrived at the Driving Range. Using the mower, scythe and shears we cleared a half metre along the Path side. The growth was severely restricting the use, and Bracken, in places, was as tall as ourselves.

Monday 15 July
We had twelve turn out today and we began by discussing the urgent tasks identified at the recent Committee Meeting. It was decided that three of them could be completed today as follows, along with the area being Litter picked. In Park Bank Wood three of us made our way up Beauchief Drive to the Holly Path and then split up to cover the path via the Snowdrops, the fence-side path and the golf-course side path, meeting up at the Postman's Path.  Brambles and other overhanging vegetation was trimmed.  We got as far as Brian's Seat just beyond the nettle patch.Also four of Tony's Steps were replaced along with a general tidy up of the area; and in Shene Field we were able to strengthen the Fence, by the Brook, adding two new Posts to assist in this. 

Monday 8 July

Ten arrived on a very warm morning and split into three separate groups, each remaining this way throughout the Morning. At the Hamlet the Path at the rear of the Manager's House had its levelling/re-laying completed. Secondly at Carol's Copse we strimmed down all the encroaching Bracken, checked the Whips in the grassy area and trimmed around where necessary. Nice to report most of the Whips were looking healthy, we have lost a few, mostly from those planted in the Bracken patch. We also assisted a practising Golfer by giving him the Balls we unearthed. Thirdly the Monday Group Path was mowed on the edges, as it was becoming impassable in places. As with the strimming, this was hot/hard work but made easier by the work done last week with Hand Shears
Monday 1 July
Ten turned out today and nine went to the Nature Park, with the other one clearing Beauchief Abbey Lane of debris and picking litter, before joining the rest. The new Nursery was trimmed of encroaching brambles, and had the small Oak from the Hamlet added to the collection. The edge of the Car Park was cleared, and the very healthy Saplings given room to mature. Ragwort was cleared from the area and the Monday Group Path was trimmed as it is now much narrower than it originally was.

Monday 24 June
Ten of us arrived at the Hamlet today, armed with all the necessary Tools to clear three, previously identified, areas. Area 1 is by the River to the side of the Manager's House. This was cleared of vegetation so the River may be clearly viewed. Area 2 is at the at the back of the Manager's House leading to the Outdoor Loo. Slabs were lifted and levelled and vegetation removed. This job was not completed and two people will return next week to finish it. It was good to see the Outdoor Loo, is still free of growth, despite it being at least three Years since we cleared it. Area 3 is above the Culvert. This was not tackled as we saw young Robins there, and a Wren flying in and out of the Tunnel [we assume it was nesting there]. 

Monday 17 June
Ten members met up at the former White Steps to complete the task of resurfacing the paths in the immediate area.  Material was added to the path towards Twentywell Lane where the recent heavy rains had left puddles and some of the surplus surfacing was used on the path towards Westwick Crescent to improve its nature.

Two members trimmed the footpath on two of the sides of the Driving Range to remove overhanging branches and grasses.  The growth of yellow rattle in the Community Orchard was checked, confirming that it seemed to be growing well.


Monday 10 June

Only seven members available this morning with three transporting the wheelbarrows from the Barn and the remainder meeting by the surfacing pile on Beauchief Drive. Six members wheeled surfacing material, raked and whacked the path, to work our way towards Twentywell Lane.  We noticed that lining the path were many examples of Broad-leaved Helleborine as confirmed by Google Lens (thanks Trevor).  They seemed to be thriving in the woodland area adjacent to the path. One member trimmed the overhanging branches on the Driving Range path and distributed some of the brash piles that had been partially burnt within the woodland area.

Monday 3 June
For the eleven that turned out today, it was business as usual. We continued resurfacing the Path from the White Steps. Approximately 45 Yards completed today, and it is hoped to finish next week. Litter was also picked in the area.

Monday 20 May

Eleven met at the White Steps today to continue the work on the Path leading to Twentywell. One area we are particularly concentrating on is where the definitive Path has been bypassed and the 'new' Path is exposing Tree Roots. We are clearing the definitive Path of years of debris and overhanging Branches and have  begun laying the surfacing material,  in the hope that once completed, the 'new' Path will become obsolete.A horse chestnut sapling (Harry’s Conker) was also planted at the top of Gulley’s Meadow.
 

Monday 13 May 

On a very warm, bright and dry morning ten of us awaited a delivery of brick dust, which duly arrived around 10.30 am. Two thirds of the load was deposited at the top of the Drive, the remainder in the Allotments' Car Park, which will eventually be used on the paths behind the Nature Park. We began the task of resurfacing the path from the White Steps towards Twentywell, which will be continued next week. Litter was picked on the walk up from the Barns, by our new Apprentice picker.
 

Monday 29 April
Ten of us arrived at The Barn this morning. One member collected litter from around the area which also included the regular, labelled large bag of litter organised by a member of the public. The rest of the group worked in the Community Orchard cutting back grass and weeds which had grown closely around the fruit trees. It was noted how long the grass in the orchard had grown and questioned whether a biannual cut by the council will be sufficient. The trees were also mulched with wood chippings. A fruit tree donated by one of the allotment holders was also planted in the orchard. An unusual tree was identified as a medlar tree. It was noted that this was not shown on the orchard plan. It was noted that the Japanese knotweed growing on the ‘island’ of the wildflower meadow has not been treated by the council, therefore rotting straw was placed over it to try to prevent its growth.

 

Monday 15 April

The eight today initially split into two groups, with one going to the Nature Park to water the new whips in the tree nursery, due to the current dry conditions. They then joined the rest at Shene Brook, which had been identified last week as needing clearing of woodland debris. Two areas in particular were cleared to allow better flow, and where there appears to be Bank erosion we tried to direct the water to the other side. We all remarked at break how peaceful it was in that area.

 

Monday 8 April

Ten arrived for work this morning and duly split into two groups to work on replacing steps and revetment in both Parkbank Wood and Ladies Spring Wood.The Parkbank Wood group first unblocked the grate of the middle pond of numerous branches and leaves so allowing the water to flow freely to the lower pond. Following this, an extensive survey was taken of Parkbank Wood; one step and three stobs were replaced although we couldn’t find the reported revetment that needed replacing. Our survey did however discover much standing water at the bottom of Shene Field due to the stream being blocked by leaves and large branches in several places.We also noted that the wood anemones, wood-rush and first bluebells were beginning to flower and the bird song was prolific- particularly the nuthatches.The Ladies Spring Wood group worked on the steps behind the deer park replacing a number of rotten stobs and replenishing numerous steps with soil and aggregate to level them so avoiding a trip hazard.
 

Monday 1 April

A fallen tree blocking a path in Park Bank Wood had been reported. On investigation, it was the top third of one that had completely broken off, and fallen on the path. This particular path is not a PROW, but had been surfaced in the past and is regularly used. Using mainly saws we were able to reduce the size making the large Branches and Trunk movable. These were then put in place at the edge to hopefully block the detours people have created. The Tree Nursery in the Nature Park, had 3 dozen saplings planted, of various types.Bramble clearing in Gulleys Meadow was continued. There appears to be some truth in the story, that a Dog has died due to an Adder bite in the Meadow  

 

Monday 25 March

There simply could not be a better morning to work in Gulleys Wood Meadow, where ten of us went today, in bright, warm and dry weather, to carefully clear the brambles from the bottom of the Meadow. Bluebells and saplings, particularly Ash, were worked around, so as not to stop their growth. There is still work to do here, so we may go back next week. We also left a metre of growth, by the wall, as a wildlife corridor. 

 

Monday 18 March

Eleven arrived today at the Barn. First tasks were to fit a double spotlight in the Barn, battery operated with a movement sensor.  New handles purchased to repair our wheelbarrows do not appear fit for purpose and further thought will have to be given. We all went up to the Nature Park and finished refurbishing the Monday Group Path and began our new project. An area in front of the Wood Store was cleared of brambles, grass and weeds, using brash cutter, lawn mower and assorted hand tools. This is to be a Tree Nursery, where we hope to nurture acorns, small saplings etc, before replanting in needed spaces.

 

Monday 11 March

After the weekend's snow, hail and wind, this sunny morning was a welcome relief, and eleven workers went to the Nature Park. The path resurfacing, with wood chippings, was finished, and a marker pole was inserted at the Car Park end. The Whips around the area were trimmed around their bases, clearing weeds & brambles; 90% of them are looking very healthy. A Branch that had fallen over the Path at the back of the Hall was also cleared away.

 

Monday 4 March

A breezy but dry morning allowed eleven to multitask. We cleared the middle Pond's outlet of Leaves, allowing a clear, uninterrupted flow downhill to the lower one. The clean up on Beauchief Abbey Lane was completed. Fresh chippings were laid on the new Nature Park Path. Approximately 30 Barrow loads were dropped and levelled. Three memberswent to Hutcliffe Wood and made five steps, completing the work required in the wood.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019 - Saturday 9th February 2019 at Greenhill Library
Thirty-one members attended this year's AGM, which was again held at Greenhill Library. The evening opened with the formal AGM proceedings. The minutes of the 2018 AGM were approved and the Chair, Diana, presented her report of the year’s work in the form of a PowerPoint presentation of photographs taken throughout the year of working mornings, which was enjoyed by those present.  The tasks undertaken were many and varied, ranging from laying a flagstone path at the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet to burning gorse on Little Wood Bank to encourage regeneration.  Most work has taken place on Monday mornings, when more people are available to work. Some Saturday sessions have taken place including seed sowing and exchange between meadow areas. 
The audited accounts, which now follow the calendar year (as agreed at the 2018 AGM) and so covered a 15 month period this time, were circulated. The Treasurer told the meeting how he depreciates the value of equipment and about the present state of the HLS monies. The Treasurer had said that any questions relating to the accounts could be put to him later. The auditor, who audits the accounts free of charge, was asked to continue. The Treasurer was thanked and the Accounts accepted.
The Secretary gave thanks to the Chairman for all her work, particularly the preparation of the newsletter. The distributors of the Newsletter, the distribution organiser, and the assistant secretary were also thanked.
The group’s officers were willing to continue and were reelected en bloc as were the committee members. The Chairman invited anyone else interested in joining the Committee to come forward at any time.  
Pam Hodgson (for Beauchief Abbey) thanked the Monday Group for the work done on Pam’s Patch. Another year has passsed without the legal work for transfer of this land having been completed.
The  question of replacing the vandalised seat at the top of Little Wood Bank overlooking the view was raised.  At this time, after discussion, the committee feels that vandalism is so bad here (2 seats have previously been replaced) that we regretfully don’t think we will replace this seat again.
At a meeting with John Gilpin (SCC Woodlands Officer) about management of Little Wood Bank, it was suggested that some heather seeds may be scattered on burnt patches here.
It was agreed to action the suggestion that a good battery light be purchased for installation in the barn used for tool storage as this would improve safety. 
Thanks were offered to the unknown person who leaves black bags full of rubbish they have collected from the area for removal.

Afterwards we had an excellent bring-and-share supper with wine, soft drinks and coffee, and there was plenty of time to chat. This was a another successful AGM evening, and the library again proved to be a most agreeable venue.

 

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE 2019
Diana Holland (Chairman), Carol Behagg (Secretary), Gavin Johns (Treasurer), Michael Gagan (Website and publicity), John Gilbert (Committee Meeting Chair), Jennie Hinton, Sue Hocking, David Hunt, Trudy Parsons, Jonathan Smith.

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