New upland commons project in the Shropshire Hills

Thanks to National Lottery players some of our best loved places in the uplands of England will be better looked after.

Funding has been secured to work with 12 upland commons in four of England's national landscapes; the Shropshire Hills, Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and Dartmoor.

Here in the Shropshire Hills, this national project will focus on three of our upland commons; the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and Clee Liberty. 

Through a partnership of 24 organisations the Our Common Cause project will empower those who graze common land, the commoners, to better manage them to restore peat, create habitats for birds and butterflies and improve the quality of access for public health, well-being and enjoyment. 

Phil Holden, AONB Partnership Manager, commented "It’s great that the Shropshire Hills has the opportunity to be involved in this national project, which is based on the principle that upland commons and the ancient practice of commoning are important." 

"These areas of land are of great value for livelihoods, for public enjoyment, heritage, nature and more.  They owe much of this value to the system of commoning, especially common grazing, but they are under some pressures and through collaborative working commons can deliver all these benefits even more into the future." 

"In the Shropshire Hills the project will work on the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and Clee Liberty commons, all with their distinctive characteristics and issues.  The project will work with those who hold common rights as well as the owners and a wide variety of other partners, and will help to raise public awareness and understanding."

Find out more about this project and latest press release at

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