About the Beauchief Environment Group
Beauchief is a beautiful area of Sheffield containing ancient woods, ponds and unspoilt meadows rich in wildlife, affording splendid views. It also includes the important historic sites of Beauchief Abbey and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. It is a place to wander through and enjoy, following its many footpaths, including a section of the Sheffield Round Walk.
Formed in 1988 the Beauchief Environment Group is made up of people from Beauchief, Greenhill, Bradway and other areas of Sheffield who volunteer their time and energy to undertake practical work to help conserve the natural beauty of their local environment. The Group is open to anyone sharing our interest in the natural and historic environment of Beauchief and supportive of the work we do.
Latest news & events
Please note that subscriptions to BEG fall due at the end of December. A form can be accessed on the website, giving the option of paying by one of three ways, by scrolling down to the box below.
Annual General meeting
Saturday 10th February 2024 – 7.00 to 9.30 pm
Our annual get-together with a chance to review the year with photographs of BEG events and activities. Bring and share finger food supper.
The BEG Newsletter for November to January 2023 is now available.
Balsam Bash 2023
Read about this event in ‘Removal of alien species 2023 Saturday 22nd July’ under ‘Events.’
Joining Beauchief Environment Group
Membership is open to all households. An annual subscription (see News & Events page) covers membership for all the family, and regular newsletters.
Download a subscription form and send the completed form with your fee using one of the specified payment methods to the Honorary Treasurer.
Sheffield City Council, Beauchief Golf Club, Abbeydale Golf Club, EDP, Natural England, DEFRA, English Heritage, Viridor.
Affiliated to South Yorkshire Badger Group and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Past and present funders
Sheffield City Council, Local Heritage Initiative, Friends of Hutcliffe Wood, Viridor, Living Spaces, Rural Action, donations from local residents.
Certificate of Merit – Sheffield City Council, Street Force
Commendation – Sheffield City Council, Street Force
Highly Commended for project to improve footpaths in High Wood, Beauchief – Sheffield First Environment Community Awards
The Work of the Beauchief Environment Group
Undertaking practical conservation tasks:-
The majority of this work is carried out by the Monday Working Group.
Path construction and maintenance – approximately 8 km of public footpaths and rights of way have been reconstructed and improved. Major work has been completed on the Sheffield Round Walk footpaths in the area.
Building and maintaining steps – approximately 300 built, the majority into the steep wooded slopes of Parkbank Wood, Hutcliffe Wood, Old Park Wood, and Ladies Spring Wood.
Installation of numerous benches at resting sites and viewpoints.
Litter clearance – regular removal of litter keeps the area looking clean and cared for.
Hedgerow planting and maintenance, fence construction and maintenance.
Meadow and woodland maintenance – resisting encroachment, haymaking, removal of undesirable and alien species, holly and gorse thinning, native tree planting.
Dry stone walling – Beauchief Abbey grounds, Beauchief Drive, High Wood and Gulleys Wood Meadow.
Development and maintenance of Beauchief Nature Park.
Of flora and fauna to identify species and monitor changes.
To maintain diversity of wildlife. Management plans agreed with Sheffield City Council and DEFRA.
Acts as a pressure group
On matters of environmental concern in the Beauchief area.
The Group has an Annual General Meeting and Social Event in January or February, and also participates in Sheffield Environment Weeks. A Newsletter published every 2-3 months gives full details and reports on all the activities.