Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund

Supporting projects that help to conserve and raise awareness of the AONB

Funding is allocated for 2018-19.

To apply for 2019-20 please follow the links below.  Deadline for applications is 7th March 2019.

The Conservation Fund is made up with donations from Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation, and the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.  Grants are awarded by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust, with support from the AONB Partnership staff team.

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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 £500 – £3,000, 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

JMA Farlow Primary poem picProjects 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.

Click below to download:


For more information, please contact Stephanie Hayes on 01743 254746 or email


Projects supported by the Conservation Fund


Follow the link to download a summary of the projects supported this year Summary of projects supported in 2018-19.

Click on the projects below to read their final reports:

A Pettit, Bucknell Youth Club Outdoor Activities, £1400

Nick Fogg & Mike Smart, Hill Stories pilot, £1000

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Crayfish Surveyor Training & Equipment, £1500

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Hay Meadow Festival 2018, £1450

Upper Onny Wildlife Group, Invasive plants project on Upper Onny – Himalayan Balsam, £1137


2017-18, click on the projects below to read their final reports

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

Lightfoot Enterprises, Woodlands for All, £1000

Four and Twenty Arts CIC, Blakemoorgate Wild Art Museum, £1000

Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group, Improving access and biodiversity of Stretton Wetlands,  £1500

South Shropshire Youth Forum, South Shropshire Youth Heritage & Conservation Programme, £2000

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Local Wildlife Site Restoration and Improvement, £1000

Myndtown Combined Parish Council, Myndtown Combined Parishes Verges Project, £1000

Corvedale CofE Primary School, Wildlife Pond Area, £550

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Foundation for Common Land – Commons Project, £1800

Caring for God’s Acre, Wildlife in God’s Acre, £1000

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, John Muir Award & Wildlife Watch, £2000

Butterfly Conservation, Making a stand for the Wood White in Shropshire, £1000


2016-17, click on the projects below to read their final reports

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


2015-16, click on the projects below to read their final reports

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