Welcome to the Beauchief Environment Group website

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.

Beauchief Abbey

Contact us

We have an illustrated map of the Beauchief Environment Group area which can be downloaded here.

Latest news & events

Upcoming Events

Balsam Bash 2024

For an account of BEG’s annual Balsam  and knotweed pulling at the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on the River Sheaf on Saturday 29th June,  see under ‘Events.’

Some small changes have been proposed to the Constitution of the Beauchief Environment Group at the Annual General Meeting. The updated document can be found under ‘About us/Events.’
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
These minutes from the AGM that took place on Saturday 10 February this year, can be found under ‘About us/Events.’
The BEG Newsletter for May to July 2024 is now available.




Recent Activities

Monday 8 July

Fourteen today, with ten turning up at the Hamlet and four at Stone Cross Field. The four of us at Stone Cross Field moved all

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Monday 1 July

Twelve workers in total today. The two stonewallers collected a big pile of walling stone for Paul White to transport to Stone Cross field. Then

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Monday 17 June

All thirteen of us, today, went to the Nature Park. While one spent a short time clearing around the base of the Jubilee Tree, the

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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.

Our awards

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.

Habitat management

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.

Social activities

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.