Exploring Woodlands and Waterways in the AONB

front cover imageFriends of the Shropshire Hills AONB are invited to Brineddin Wood and Bryn Farm on Sunday 17th July.

This is our annual ‘day out’ for members to showcase projects supported through their membership, and the work of the AONB Partnership team.

Catherine Landles, Community & Landscape Officer, explains “This is a ‘thank you’ to members for their support and show them where their contributions go. We use Brineddin Wood as a  ‘wild place’ for school children doing their John Muir Award. It’s a beautiful semi-natural oak wood in the Redlake Valley which is divided into quillets. The Redlake Valley Community Benefit Society owns one and will lead us on a walk to talk about their achievements and plans for this beautiful woodland.”

The second visit is to Bryn Farm, between Clun and Bishop’s Castle. Funding from the River Clun Recovery Project has enabled improvements to be made to stop sediment entering the local water course. Alison Jones, Clun Catchment Officer, has been working with the farmer and local contractors at Bryn Farm. Alison will explain what is being achieved to improve water quality in the Clun Catchment.

Friends is a network that appeals to a wide range of people with a common interest in the Shropshire Hills, its wildlife, heritage, culture and well-being. We want to encourage more people to join. Membership support goes to our Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund, which has recently distributed £21,000 to 10 local projects which help to conserve and enhance the AONB.

Joining is easy and only cost £20 for an individual annual membership. Other benefits include a discount when shopping at Cotswold Outdoor and free entry into the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre exhibition in Craven Arms.

For further information please contact Catherine Landles on 01743 254742, email cath.landles@shropshire.gov.uk, or visit our Friends of the Shropshire Hills page.