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Annual Balsam Bash – Saturday 29 June

This year’s expedition to tackle the invasive species threatening the banks of the River Sheaf as it flows through Ladies Spring Wood took place on Saturday 29th June. A team of four met at Dore and Totley Station, and one other joined us from the direction of Beauchief Golf Course. We were fortunate to have a fine day with mainly dry conditions underfoot. A surprise awaited us as we approached the first area where the Himalayan Balsam plants are found. It was clear that another group, judging by the many hundred plants that had been attacked, had already demolished huge

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Proposed constitution for the Group

CONSTITUTION   BEAUCHIEF ENVIRONMENT GROUP   Object of the BEG:          To promote and encourage a sense in the local community of the importance of conservation and the improvement of the environment.   Nature of BEG:          BEG is a non-profit making voluntary group constituted for purposes and activities set out below:   Purpose and Activities of the Group: To promote the importance of the natural and man-made (historical) environment within the defined area by actively initiating and carrying out conservation programmes. To study and help preserve wildlife and habitats within the area. To engage other voluntary groups to help

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Minutes of the Group AGM 2024

Minutes of BEG AGM held on Saturday 10th February 2024 at Greenhill Library   Present 20 people were present.   1 Apologies for absence Joan Hobson   2 Minutes of AGM held Sat 4th March 2023 Read by Secretary Carol Behagg. Acceptance proposed by Caroline Hobart, seconded Jon Smith.   3 Chairman’s report Presented by Diana Holland, who gave an account of the activities of the group, mostly tasks carried out on Monday mornings. Although we are still not allowed to use any power tools, the workers have achieved a huge amount. Photographs were shown, both of the work and

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Sowing Yellow Rattle Seed

Three of our members went up to the Nature Park in mid November to sow the Yellow Rattle Seed which had been collected previously from Gulleys Wood Meadow where it is abundant. Areas of grass were raked to expose the soil beneath, then seeds scattered and tamped down. We managed to rake and sow lots of areas across the meadow and hopefully the seeds will germinate successfully. Yellow Rattle parasitizes the roots of many plant species, especially grasses, and limits their growth. Yellow Rattle has been introduced in this location because some of the plants in the meadow are so

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Stone bench in memory of Tony Smith

The following small article was published by Greener Greenhill, built by members of the Monday Group to place a former wooden one.  A further article Appeared in the November issue of Active 8 magazine, and is reproduced below.

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Removal of alien species 2023, Saturday 22nd July

On a decidedly wet and seriously muddy Saturday morning, four intrepid Balsam bashers – two from the Monday Group and two regulars from a local Rotary Club – met at Dore and Totley Station for our annual assault on the alien species that attempt to infiltrate Ladies Spring Wood along the banks of the River Sheaf. A recce during the previous week had shown a smaller number of Himalayan Balsam plants than expected, at various stages of development, with some already well into flowering. Unfortunately, a small colony was also spotted below the weir, an area that had previously had

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Sorby Natural History Society of Sheffield survey of Shene Field 

A good turnout of Sorby members, under the leadership of Jim Horsfall, arrived at 2.00 pm on Sunday 9th July to carry out the survey. They were met at the gate by the BEG Chair who passed on a copy of the results of a BEG botanical survey carried out some years ago. Unfortunately the gate had not been unlocked, contrary to what they had been told, so everyone had to climb over the gate. There was an excellent view of a buzzard flying fairly low above. On the positive side we were emailed a draft copy of most of

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Visit to Beauchief Hall Gardens: Wednesday 5 July 2023

There was a very good turnout for our evening visit to Beauchief Hall Gardens. We assembled in the fountain garden at 7.00 pm and were warmly welcomed by the Hall’s residents, Hora and Amin. Accompanied by Hora, we enjoyed touring the various parts of the very large garden which contained lovely flower beds and extensive lawns. Several of us had the opportunity of hand feeding the deer which came to the fence and quickly gobbled up a whole bowl of large slices of melon peel. It was lovely to see the fawns in the distance.  Hora and Amin had set

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Environment Week Event Monday 8 May 2023

The weather forecast for our event threatened heavy rain in the afternoon. Not to be deterred, people came along and met up at the Abbey. Members of the Monday Group had planned to demonstrate two projects close to the Abbey; dry stone walling and installing a new bench by the middle pond. This required transporting a very heavy oak bench to the middle pond and replacing the rotted seat, which could have been there 20+ years.                    The Abbey was open for visitors and quite a number of people came during the afternoon. Tea,

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Monday 28 November 2022
Planting of Commemorative Tree during National Tree Week

Earlier in 2022 It was decided that Beauchief Environment Group should plant a tree to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth IISadly she passed away during her jubilee year.The Council has donated the tree, a Field Maple, which will be brought along and planted by the Council Forestry Team with the assistance of members of the Monday Working Group. Meet: 11.00 am at the Beauchief Nature Park meadow to celebrate the event. 

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