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

 
 
Constitution
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.’
Newsletter
The BEG Newsletter for February to March 2024 is now available.

Spring Walk

We are planning to have a Spring Walk around our area during Sheffield Environment Weeks. The date chosen is Sunday 26 May, beginning at 2.00 pm, and starting from Beauchief Abbey. Children, and dogs on leads, will be welcome.

Recent Activities

Monday 3 June

Eleven workers met today, with nine at the Hamlet and two at the Driving Range. The Hamlet View Point was finished with all weeds and

Read More »

Monday 20 May

Thirteen of us went to the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet today, and we were given a Tour of the areas requiring us to work on. We

Read More »

Monday 13 May

Fourteen members joined in today on a very warm morning. Thirteen went back to the new pond with one litter picking the area, who joined

Read More »

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.

Partners

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.

Surveys

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.