Join Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB
Joining is easy and costs from £2/month or £25/year. Your subscription helps to support local conservation projects, through our Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund.
Membership runs from the beginning of the month that you join. Members also recieve:
- an invitation to the annual summer Friends event;
- discount at Cotswold Outdoor shop and online;
- regular news and event updates.
Membership also makes a great gift!
Follow the links below for application form and other information.
- Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB application form
- How your support helps local conservation projects
- Opportunities to get involved
- News & Past Friends events
Simply fill out the Application Form and return the signed form to us at the AONB Partnership, Unit 9 Drovers House, The Auction Yard, Craven Arms, SY7 9BZ.
Direct Debit for your subscription is preferred, but if this isn’t possible a cheque can be made out to the ‘Shropshire Hills AONB Trust’.
You can make a one-off donation to Friends here:
Your membership fee goes into our Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund. This is a Fund to support projects that help conserve and raise awareness of the AONB. Priority areas for projects are:
- (i) Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, landscape, wildlife or heritage of the Shropshire Hills AONB.
- (ii) Educational and awareness-raising activities relating to the AONB and its conservation, especially involving young people.
Follow the link to download a summary of the projects we have supported this year: 2017-18 AONB Conservation Fund Projects
- Support community projects conserving the natural beauty of the AONB
- Become a champion for the Shropshire Hills – raise awareness in your community or get support to generate your own local projects
- Help with fund-raising, events, recruitment and more
- Learn more about the landscape and heritage through walks, talks and activities
- Get involved with the work of the AONB Partnership and AONB Trust
If you would like to help in any of these ways, please contact us with brief details of how you can help.
There are many other opportunities for getting involved in the Shropshire Hills including conservation work parties, becoming a tree warden or volunteering with local groups.
To read our latest newsletters click here.
7th July 2017 – Friends joined AONB Partnership members and Trustees for a morning of presentations, follwed by site visites 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 http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/2017/07/14/join-us-to-help-our-hills-say-aonb-friends/
17th 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.
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 Court, 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.
1st November 2008 – Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB was launched at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.