Join us to help our Hills, say AONB Friends
“Join us to help the hills we love” was the open invitation of Friends of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at their annual get together at Aston-on-Clun last Friday (July 7).
The 30 or so Friends attending the event visited some of the local conservation projects their membership is supporting. They explored an exciting arts in the countryside programme and saw initiatives conserving threatened butterflies, managing roadside verges for wildlife and improving access to local wetlands. They also heard about projects ranging from a mobile farm visiting schools to invasive plant removal along vulnerable riverbanks.
“Our Conservation Fund supports these and many other projects each year from Friends subscriptions, together with much appreciated donations from the Millichope Foundation and Jean Jackson Trust,” explained Shropshire Hills AONB Trust treasurer, George Chancellor.
“Our initial target is to build our Friends membership to 1000. At just £25/year for an individual, £36/year for a family and £50/year for an organisation this would make all the difference to the number of highly worthwhile community projects we can help.
“Charitable status makes all subscriptions and donations as tax efficient as possible and allows us to boost them with Gift Aid. Please help us to conserve the wonderful landscape, wildlife and heritage of the Shropshire Hills. All the information you need to become a Friend is available at http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/a-special-place/friends/or by ringing the AONB Partnership on 01743 254740.”