Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country

A major new Landscape Partnership Scheme started in May 2013. The Scheme will deliver 15 projects across four programmes, with mining history and borderlands as the main themes.

Corndon at Dusk by Phil KingThe Scheme will:

  • – conserve and restore historic sites and important wildlife;
  • – create opportunities for communities to get involved in local heritage;
  • – increase access to and learning about this special landscape and its heritage;
  • – increase training opportunities in local heritage skills.

The total cost of the Scheme is £2.2m over five years and covers an area of 200 km2 bounded roughly by the settlements of Churchstoke, Chirbury, Minsterley, Pontesbury, Wentnor and Norbury.

The area has a wealth of interesting natural and historic features, which make the landscape distinct. There is evidence of thousands of years of human history, from Bronze and Iron Age archaeology to 10th Century mining. With pockets of rare grassland, ricer valleys and woodland harbouring a wide array of interesting wildlife including curlew, dormouse and the northern-most locality for the spreading bellflower. There is also a plethora of myths, legends and cultural traditions associated with the landscape.

For more details please visit the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country website www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk

The Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme is managed by a Partnership of professional and community representatives from Shropshire and Powys, who are listed at www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk. The lead organisation for the Scheme is the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, hosted by Shropshire Council.