Monday, 27 June 2011

Latest news

Last week we winched some timber off part of the hill, cut it into 3 metre lengths and stacked it at the side of the track. It will now season (dry out) for 18 months before becoming firewood, as you can see from the photo below there was no drying out taking place whilst we worked.

Also last week i ran from Craven Arms to Much Wenlock, along Wenlock Edge, making notes about directions for our event on 23rd October. I also took a few photos so participants can get an idea of the wonderful views that they will be able to enjoy and the type of terrain.

Today we were doing some work near to where Rushbury School have been tree planting so we decided to take a look at how they were doing, the results are brilliant as the photos below show.
6 month old Cherry emerging from protective guard.
18 month old Cherry surrounded by a lovely display of Foxgloves

18 month old Wild Service tree surrounded by Rangers!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Fancy a challenge?

Challenge yourself with a walk over the edge

A South Shropshire landmark is set to host a challenging event as part of a national drive to get people out and about.

As part of the National Trust’s Walking Festival later this year, there will be an 18 mile walk or run along Wenlock Edge on 23 October 2011. 
This is a new and exciting venture encouraging people to get out and about and explore a natural feature that is actually visible from space.

Participants will assemble at Much Wenlock and be transported to Craven Arms by coach where the walk will start taking in Wilderhope Manor, an Elizabethan country house as well as passing through semi-natural ancient woodlands with great views across the Shropshire countryside. 

The walk will finish at historic Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympiad.

Chris Dunkerley, Assistant Ranger for the National Trust on Wenlock Edge, said: “This event is a great way of encouraging people to be active in the great outdoors and to enjoy this beautiful landscape. It’s a great place for doing physical exercise and beats going to the gym.

 “It is hoped that next year this event will be expanded into a full marathon reflecting the fact that the 2012 Olympic Games are taking place in London.”

The walk costs £12.50 per person which includes refreshments and coach transfer, it is open to walkers and runners over the age of 14. 14 -18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

The National Trust are also looking for volunteers to help marshal at the event, Emily Knight, Visitor Services Manager says “volunteers are vital to our organisation and this is a great event for people to get involved in.”

For more information and to book either call: 01694 725000 or e-mail:

Monday, 6 June 2011

Views and Vols

Last week we created a new viewpoint by felling a few trees close to a footpath junction so that people can enjoy fine views of the Shropshire countryside. If you walk along the waymarked 'Jenny Wind' walk from the car park on the outskirts of Much Wenlock you should find it, after walking beneath an area that has lots of felled trees on the ground you will reach a path junction, divert off the route down the path on your right for about 20 metres to get the best of the view.
I was lucky enough to be back working at the viewpoint this afternoon and managed to get a photo, we just need a seat there now!

The Wolverhampton National Trust Conservation Volunteers visited on Sunday, constructing 32 regular bird boxes and a Kestrel box. The boxes will be used by nesting birds next Spring but may well also be used in the Winter for roosting on really cold nights, several birds may share the same box to keep warm.
It was a really good day although the group worked so hard that we ran out of wood just after lunch time, so after putting some of the boxes up and a walk round the woods it was an early finish. I hope to see the group again in the Autumn.