Beauchief Environment Group News & Events


After almost three months of lockdown the Monday Working Group has now recommended working mornings from Monday 28 March (not Easter Monday!) under the new Covid-19 restrictions. Lockdowns imposed in November, and again in early January, had a considerable impact on the work BEG has been able to do, but once again a full range of repair and maintenance activities is now possible.

Up until 29th March no footpath or other work could be undertaken. There has been unprecedented use of the footpaths in our area resulting in some becoming very muddy and damaged in places. Also the need to keep socially distanced has led to trampling of the ground flora adjacent to the paths. A survey of all the footpaths in our area has been undertaken and any remedial work needed was identified. You will see from the Monday group reports that work on footpaths and other tasks has resumed.

Committee Meeting are now held at about six-week intervals on Zoom. the next meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 July. Please use the telephone numbers in the right hand column if there is an urgent local environmental issue you would like to have discussed as this can be handled by email. If you are interested in joining the Committee you could telephone these numbers as well..

Under normal circumstances the Monday Working Group meets every Monday morning (weather and public holidays permitting) at 9.30 am to undertake the majority of BEG’s planned practical work throughout the year. They usually meet at the Barns by Beauchief Abbey, and anyone wishing to join in can simply turn up there. Everyone is welcome, and the regulars will be glad to help you. Anyone not a member of BEG is also welcome on an ad hoc basis, but will be encouraged to join in order to be included in the Group’s insurance and receive the regular newsletters. If you are interested in joining this regular session please telephone 0114 236 9876 for details of the work planned on the following Monday.

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Monday 5 February

Seventeen of us worked today in 3 distinct Groups. On a dry but windy day, seven of us met at Stone Cross Field to continue working on the first of the benches around the sycamore tree. We have now reached the coverband stage and are ready to add the top stones once they have been shaped with the stone grinder. Three people went to

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Monday 29 January

Stone Cross Field was the place to be today, when nine of us congregated there. A team of three began the work of constructing the planned stone benches. The foundation was laid, and then some of the bigger stones were piled on top to stop any vandalism – just in case! A group of four worked with a ranger who had brought 25 Alder

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Monday 15 January

Today is supposedly Blue Monday, but the eleven who worked today, were only blue from the cold. All but one went straight to the Gorse Patch and burned the Gorse, cut last week. The other member of the group collected quite a lot of litter from Beauchief Drive and around the Abbey Ponds. A Mercedes had been dumped and burnt-out in the Allotments Car

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Monday 8 January

Our first Morning of 2024, saw twelve group members arrive at the Gorse Patch, where we were quick to get going due to the cold temperature. The pre-Christmas cutting was continued to completion, and we will burn this next week.

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Monday 18 December

Seventeen members arrived for our final working morning of 2023. The gorse cut last week was burned. The fire was correctly reported to the FCC  at 9:31 and cancelled at 15:07 after a final check by Jon. At 11.00 am we were joined by the Group Chair and Secretary, who joined in with our Christmas  celebration. 

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Monday 11 December

The weather didn’t deter us today and thirteen of us made it up to the Gorse Patch, all bringing their own tools given the current situation with the Barn.

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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

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Monday 27 November

No meeting was held today. The attached photograph of flooding on the path between the lower and middle Abbey Ponds, with rain still coming down, shows why we decided to cancel. The Gorse would have been soaking wet and the conditions underfoot very slippery. Neither conducive to safe working.  

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Monday 6 November

The ten workers that arrived today were treated to a beautiful clear morning with the Trees displaying their Autumn colours. We then split into small groups to work on the following tasks A litter pick of the immediate area was undertaken, but the pickings were slim after the recent bad weather; hopefully a good sign. Beauchief Abbey Lane was cleared of leaves & mud

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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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Monday 30 October

Seven members of the group met on an inclement morning. Two completed earlier work on the stone wall in Gulley’s Meadow, in spite of running out of cope stones. They improvised by double-coping in the middle. Two others cleared the conduits from the middle pond to the lower pond whilst the remaining three began work on replacing two rotten steps on the path up

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Monday 23 October

Gulley’s Wood Meadow has been mowed by Abbeydale Golf Club,  and there is no further remedial work required by us. Ten of us turned out today with two going to Gulley’s Wood Meadow and the rest to the Nature Park : In Gulleys Wood Meadow the damaged wall was rebuilt to just short of coverband level and additional vandal (?) damage 10 yards further

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Monday 16 October

A cold but bright and sunny morning saw ten members meet at the Barn, and the following tasks were identified and carried out. We carried on the pruning of the trees behind the Barn; some were overhanging the delicate Roof. Three members went to the dry-stone wall along the edge of Gulley’s Meadow which had fallen over either by natural causes or from people

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Monday 9 October

With eleven members today we were able to accomplish four tasks. Five of us stayed in the Barn area and at the request of the  Golf Course Groundsman pruned some tree branches at the back of the Barn that were overhanging the Drive and being hit by lorries; and cleared a ditch below the Middle Pond to allow free flowing water. Two members went

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Monday 2 October

Eleven members turned up for work on this mild October morning. Four went to the Bradway Rec. to complete the task on the stone bench. Six went to the orchard to remove the grass following Tom’s cutting of the grass.  Whilst there we also trimmed back the brambles to the hedge-line by the allotment access path and also trimmed around the saplings at the tree nursery. 

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Monday 25 September

Eleven members met at Abbeydale Hamlet to hear a talk about the site by Bob Hawkins who used to work there.  We learnt something about its history and saw some of the tilt hammers, unfortunately not currently in operation (the lake is empty).  Whilst there we had a minor interruption as a bat flew around the rafters. 

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Monday 18 September

Given the torrential rain overnight, the thought was to cancel today, but the skies brightened and we had [mostly] a clear dry morning, for the fourteen that turned out. As we expected rain later, eight remained in the Abbey area and trimmed the hedge between the Abbey Ponds and the one on Beauchief Abbey Lane. Six bench-builders carried on building the new seat on

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Monday 11 September

Two jobs were identified for the thirteen that turned out today. The larger group went to Gulley’s Meadow and cleared the Blackthorn suckers from around the edge. We hope to arrange for the Meadow to be mowed and these suckers would snag in the blades. A smaller group of five went up to Bradway and carried on with the stone seat, building the dry

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