Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund

This is a Fund to support projects that help to conserve and raise awareness of the AONB.  The money for the Fund is from donations, and currently comes from Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation, and the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.

Since 2017, the grants are given by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust, with support from the AONB Partnership staff team.

Funding is now allocated for 2017-18.  To apply for 2018-19 please follow the links below:

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What kind of project is eligible?

The focus for the Fund is on projects that deliver practical conservation in the AONB and/or educational activity about 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.


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Who can apply?

Public, private, voluntary sector and community groups can apply, along with individuals and businesses, but in all cases the project must show a clear public benefit. You don’t have to live or work within the AONB to apply, as long as your project delivers benefits to it. Priority may be given to applicants who have not previously had funding from the AONB Partnership.



Award of Grants

Grants will be in the range of £1,000 – £4,000, and are normally made for activity within a particular Financial Year (April to the end of March).

Grants can be of up to 75% for voluntary and private sector bodies and up to 50% for public bodies. Match funding can be made up of in kind and volunteer time contributions as well as cash, but applications will be strengthened by showing other sources of funding.

The Grant Advisory Panel meets once a year to approve applications. Smaller applications can be processed more quickly.


What to do next

Projects must be discussed before a full application is made. You can start by sending in the brief Project Ideas Form which you can download below. Once you have sent this in, we will contact you to discuss the project in more detail and whether it is appropriate to fill in the full application.

The Grant Advisory Panel will meet on 22nd March 2018. The deadline for receipt of applications is 8th March 2018.

Click below to download:


For more information, please contact Cath Landles on 01743 254742 or email


Projects supported by the Conservation Fund


Projects supported by the Conservation Fund and Grant Paid 2017-18

Follow the link to download a summery of the projects supported this year – 2017-18 Conservation Fund Projects

Shropshire Mobile Farm, Farms and Flowers – Educational visits in schools, £1200

Redlake Valley CBS, Community Engagement in Woodland Management, £500

Footloose Community Arts, Biodiversity and music project with Stokesay School on the Long Mynd, £750

Upper Onny Wildlife Group, Upper Onny Invasive Plants Project, £1000

National Trust, Heartland – Art and Landscape project, £1000

Marches Meadow Group, Purchase of small bale wrapper and bale wrap, £500

Grow Cook Learn, Shropshire Hills Discovery Walks, £2000


Projects supported by the Conservation Fund and Grant Paid 2016-17

South Shropshire Youth Forum, Clee Young Rangers, £2500

Jean Atkin, ‘In woods we forget things, at the wood edge we tell stories’, £1800

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, John Muir Award and Wildlife Watch, £3000

Upper Onny Wildlife Group, Upper Onny Invasive Plant Project, £2000

West Midlands Butterfly Conservation, Stiperstones Butterfly Trail, £900

Lucy Grove, Stanway Dormouse Project, £1500

Small Woods Association, Social Forestry in the Shropshire Hills, £3000

Land, Life & Livelihoods, Celebration and Consultation in the Upper Clun, £2750

CJ & MJ Davies, Gorse control on Lawley East LWS, £750.00

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Conservation work on three Local Wildlife Sites, £3000

Summary of projects supported 2016 – 17


Projects supported by the Conservation Fund and Grant Paid 2015-16

South Shropshire Youth Forum, Church Stretton Young Rangers, £3,000

Church Stretton Town Council, Vision for Rectory Wood & Field, £1,000

John Osborne Arvon Centre, Dovecote Meadow & Orchard Project, £2,284

Redlake Valley Community Benefit Society, Brineddin Community Woodland, £1,136

Loudwater Studio, Five Sites Five Senses, £2,530

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Discover Shropshire Hills, £3,000

Friends of Pontesford Hill, Pontesford Hill Appeal, £500

West Midlands Butterfly Conservation, Butterflies of the West Midlands, £150

Leigh Hall Estate, Bromlow Callow Gorse Control, £1,500

Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country LPS, Built Heritage Training, £1,000

Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country LPS, Ground nesting Birds Recovery project, £3,500

Upper Onny Wildlife Group, Upper Onny Invasive Plant project, £2,200

Clun Valley Organics, Bales Educational Facilities, £1,000

Severn Rivers Trust, Teme Riverflies, £2,500

Summary of Projects supported 2015-16