Three members of the Monday Group and two regulars from Abbeydale Rotary Club set about this year’s attack on Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed in our local SSSI. This regular task is one of the few we have been able to continue through the two years of the pandemic. As a preliminary recce a fortnight earlier had suggested, this year’s crop was neither as prolific nor as advanced in growth as in previous years. Also very few plants were in flower, even though this cull was two weeks later than in 2021. The usual stretch of the River Sheaf was
Sadly, this event has had to be cancelled due to current uncertainty about what will be allowed. Also, there was virtually no publicity for Environment Weeks this year. We are planning a get-together and walk later in the year for members and friends. Hopefully by then a level of normality will have returned.
2020 was the 50th year that Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has been open to the public as an Industrial Heritage Museum. The Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust was hoping to hold a number of events throughout the year to celebrate this significant anniversary. Unfortunately the Hamlet still remains closed during the period of the pandemic.
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