Join the Friends
…was set up to foster a sense of belonging and support for the AONB, its wildlife, heritage, culture and wellbeing.
Joining is easy and only costs £20 for individual annual membership. All money goes towards supporting local conservation projects, through our Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund.
Membership also makes a great gift!
- Simply fill in our Friends Membership Application Form
Membership runs from the beginning of the month that you join. On joining you’ll receive:
- an invitation to the annual Friends events;
- FREE pass to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre exhibition;
- discount at Cotswold Outdoor shop and online;
- regular news and event updates;
- reduced price to AONB Partnership events;
- ‘Friends’ window sticker.
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.
- Learn more about the landscape and heritage through walks, talks, activities and events;
- Find out more about the work of the AONB Partnership;
- Comment on plans and proposals affecting the AONB;
- Help with leading walks, photography, newsletters, events, recruitment and more;
- Become a champion for the Shropshire Hills – raise awareness in your own community or get support to generate your own local projects.
Although there is no volunteer group specifically for the AONB, there will periodically be opportunities to get involved in the AONB Partnership’s work in a voluntary capacity. Individual AONB team members may need help for activities such as:
- promoting the AONB at events, summer shows etc;
- research and surveys;
- helping host groups or leading walks;
- helping organise Friends events or newsletters;
- specialist input from Friends with expert knowledge on subjects.
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.
12th July 2015 – Uplands Odyssey
Friends members visited 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 – Rescuing Rocks Bus Tour
Friends visited 6 sites to find out about the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme, looking at habitat restoration and enhancement of 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 – Preen Manor Gardens Visit
Friends members 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 – Visit to a Calendar House
Visit 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 – Visit to the Wrekin
Friends Annual Event to the Wrekin. Click here for further details.
14th August 2011 – Visit to the Monastery of St Antony & St Cuthbert
Second visit to the Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert on the Stiperstones (see below).
24th July 2011 – Visit to the Monastery of St Antony & St Cuthbert
Friends event to 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 – Visit to Stokesay Court
Annual Friends event to Stokesay Court, near Craven Arms.The visit included a guided tour of the house, grounds and gardens, and afternoon tea.
30th October 2010 – Visit to Blakemoregate
Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB event at Blakemoregate on the Stiperstones re. restoration of the two squattors cottages. See press release for details of the event.
27th June 2010 – Visit to Titterstone Clee & Catherton Common
Annual Friends Event to Titterstone Clee and Catherton Common, which explored the rich industrial heritage with local expert Alf Jenkins.
21st June 2009 – Wilderhope Walk & BBQ
1st November 2008 – Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB Launched
The new Friends of the Shropshire Hills AONB network was launched at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.