Join Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB

Become a Friend from as little as £3/month.  Your subscription goes entirely into our AONB Conservation Fund which supports local projects to raise awareness and conserve the Shropshire Hills landscape, its diverse wildlife and rich heritage.

Join us 2017

Follow the link to download the Application Form 2018


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Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB is run jointly by the AONB Partnership and the AONB Trust (Registered Charity 1168432).  For more information, please contact Steph Hayes on 01743-254746 or at

RVCBS Clun school visit 21.10.15

Supporting Conservation Projects

Your subscription goes into the Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund. This year we have been able to support 16 local projects.  Follow the link to find out about these projects 2017-18 AONB Conservation Fund Projects.


Getting Involved


We are always looking for help with fund-raising, attending local events and recruitment.

There is also plenty of opportunities to get involved with the work of the AONB Partnership and AONB Trust.

For more information please contact Steph Hayes, 01743 254746 or email


News & Past Friends Events

To read our latest newsletters click here.

19th June 2018 – Friends joined AONB Partnership members and Trustees is a 60th anniversary celebration event based in Church Stretton.  Afternoon visits included a trip out on the Shuttle Bus, a walk through Stretton Wetlands, and a hike onto the Long Mynd to find out more about the new national commons project.

7th July 2017 – Friends joined AONB Partnership members and Trustees for a morning of presentations, followed by site visits to see projects which are supported by the AONB Conservation Fund.  This included a guided walk around Bury Ditches with Wood White Butterfly project office, Rhona Goddard, and a visit to carding Mill Valley to find out more about the Heartland project.  Follow link to read press release

Friends on the Uplands Odyssey event 12.7.1517th July 2016 – Friends visit to Brineddin Wood and Bryn Farm to see projects supported by the AONB Conservation Fund and run by the AONB Partnership Team.  Follow the link to read the press release Exploring Woodlands and Waterways in the AONB.

12th July 2015 – Friends visit The Turbury to hear about our Clun Catchment work, then Trevor Wheeler’s organic hill farm at Brynmawr for a farm walk and picnic lunch. The day finished with a visit to Rhos Fiddle Nature Reserve.

13th July 2014 – Friends take a bus tour to find out about habitat restoration work underway through the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme.  The six sites visited are former quarries, mines, rock outcrop and scree at Earl’s Hill, Nills Hill quarry, Poles Coppice, Snailbeach Mine, Roman Gravels Mine and the Bog Mine.  The sites are owned by Shropshire Council, Shropshire Wildlife Trust or the Forestry Commission and are a mixture of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), Local Nature Reserves and County Wildlife Sites.Pree

29th June 2014 – Friends had the opportunity to visit Preen Manor Gardens with Keith Pybus as a guide, exploring a series of beautiful gardens, including kitchen, chess, water and wild gardens.

14th July 2013 – Friends visited to a Calendar House.  A one-off guided walk around Bedstone College, followed by a picnic lunch and tour of the house. Click here for further details.

8th July 2012 – Friends visit to the Wrekin. Click here for further details.

14th August 2011 – Second visit to the Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert on the Stiperstones (see below).

24th July 2011 Friends visit the Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert on the Stiperstones.

The Monastery is in a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, is a Shropshire Wildlife site and Sacred Land Project with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. This fascinating small-holding is situated at 1,273 ft under the Shepherd’s Rock on the Stiperstones. The Monastery consists of 20 acres of high pasture, wetland and woodland, a sanctuary of wild flowers and rare butterflies. It is managed in conjunction with Natural England, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, West Midlands Butterfly Conservation and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.

5th June 2011 – Friends visit Stokesay CourtMonastery Visit 14.8.11, near Craven Arms for a guided tour of the house, grounds and gardens, and afternoon tea.

30th October 2010 – Friends visit Blakemoregate on the Stiperstones to see the restoration of the two squattors cottages. See press release for details of the event.

27th June 2010 – Friends visit Titterstone Clee and Catherton Common to explore the rich industrial heritage with local expert Alf Jenkins.

21st June 2009 – Friends Event and BBQ at Wilderhope Manor. See press release for details of the event.

1st November 2008 – Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB was launched at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.