Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund

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

The Fund is now closed for  2019-20.  Follow the link to download a summary of the projects supported this year – Project Summaries 2019-20

To apply for a grant from next year’s Fund, please click on the links below for further information.  Deadline for applications is 6th March 2020.

The Conservation Fund is made up with donations from Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB subscriptions and the Millichope Foundation.  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

Clun Memorial Hall, Clun Space – Landscape enhancement around Clun Memorial Hall, £1500

Edgton Parish Meeting, Edgton Village Verge Project, £1813

Knighton Tree Allotments Trust , Woodland Management Training Course, £750

Lightfoot Enterprises, All About Woods – Woodland sessions with BC Community College, £1500

Lucy Crowther, The Effectiveness of Entry-Level Stewardship Schemes on Pollinator Conservation, Through Bee Abundance and Species Diversity (thesis), £1000

Myndtown Combined Parish Council, Life on the Edge – Myndtown Verges Project, £1000

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

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Local Wildlife Site – Gorse clearance at The Riddings, Anchor, £210

South Shropshire Youth Forum, Taste for Adventure with Church Stretton Secondary School, £1000

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