Conservation Fund

What is the Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund?

It is a fund to support projects that help to conserve and raise awareness of the AONB.  The money for the Fund is all from donations, and currently comes from our Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB membership subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation, and the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.  From 2017, the grants will be given by the new Shropshire Hills AONB Trust charity, with support from the AONB Partnership staff team.

What kind of project is eligible?Riverfly training supported by Cons Fund 2015

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

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. Bromlow Callow Gorse Control supported by the Fund 2015You 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 several times during the 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 from this page. 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 Fund’s Grant Panel will meet on 20th March 2017. The deadline for receipt of applications is 6th March 2017.

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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

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

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


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

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