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.

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

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Monday 3 July

Eight members arrived today and two tasks were identified. Three of us went to Beauchief Abbey Lane to lightly trim the hedge by the footpath. It was so overgrown that it was forcing people into the road, particularly pushchair and wheelchair users. The other five went to the top of Parkbank Wood to repair three of the five steps that had rotted away. On our return

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Monday 26 June

All ten that arrived today, went to the Driving Range path and carried on the excellent work that had started last week. With the numbers today, we were able to make both sides passable.  A few walkers commented that they had avoided the top path due to the overgrowth and thanked us for the effort. 

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Monday 19 June

Eight of the Group went up to the Nature Park, where dock pulling in the meadow was the order of the day. We reminded ourselves of the difference between sorrel and dock before commencing. A small group, prior to joining the dock pulling went to the Orchard, with a planting diagram, and we identified the surviving fruit trees and observed their current state. Happy

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Monday 12 June

On the hottest Monday morning so far, eleven of us met at the Barn, and split into three groups to go our separate ways:  Four went to Stone Cross Field. The new whips were heavily covered by grass and weeds, in most cases higher than the whips themselves. We cut around, allowing them better access to sunlight and rain.  We all commented how well

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Monday 5 June

This was a warm spring morning, with eleven turning out, and we decided to go up to the Nature Park. A group went into the Orchard and cleared around the fruit trees and pulled thistles, while another group cleared the edges of the path going clockwise around the Park. At 11.00 am, we had prearranged that John & Judith would join us for Coffee

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Monday 22 May

Ten members turned up at the Barn, and whilst one went to attend to a gate at the Abbey, the remainder went to the orchard where grass was cut away from where it was shading out the trees and saplings.  We also cleared round about the small trees which we hope will provide a supply of young trees for other parts of our area.

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Monday 15 May

Eight members turned up at the Barn on a delightful May morning.  One went off to continue litter picking and the remainder went to the Abbey as we had been asked to remove some of the ivy growing up the tower and try to clear branches from the yew tree that was partially obscuring the stained glass window.  These tasks were achieved and in

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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

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Monday 24 April

Six members met up with Sheffield City Council workers at Stone Cross field to assist with mulching the saplings planted last year.  Three dumper truckloads of wood chip eventually appeared which we distributed across all the saplings and even had some spare to spread around the rather muddy path  by the litter bin. Five members met at the Barn and went to work on the

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Monday 3 April

This morning was spent in surveying the area for tasks that needed attention. Most of our patch was covered by two teams. The grills on the middle pond were also cleared of debris; and one of the group picked litter from around the ponds and Beauchief Drive . The following tasks were identified: Lower path in Park Bank Wood Revetment replacement on the path

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Monday 27 March

Six people turned up at the Barn and three at the top of Beauchief Drive. The Barn Group went to the top path in Park Bank Wood to move some of the revetment installed last week to route the path the correct side of the tree.  Stone rubble was also added on the path where it was uneven. A step on the Long Steps was

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Monday 13 March

Only two members turned up on a mild but wet Monday morning.  The main work was path clearance of broken branches and trees following the heavy snowfall.  The Cobble path was dealt with and also by the Driving Range.

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Monday 27 February

Ten members were actively occupied in cutting holly this morning.  One was working hard in Hutcliffe Wood on his own for a variety of reasons, and the remaining nine (including a new member, Joan) went to Little Wood Bank to work on holly clearance on the last week before the start of the nesting season.  

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