Friday, 5 September 2014

Garden Developments

Garden Developments

Volunteers spent a morning strimming the wildflower area of the garden, helping to encourage the beautiful native flowers to flourish. Come spring a wide range of flowers will be visible from the roof terrace, alongside birds using the birdfeeders.

FTV Charis, Assistant Ranger Will and volunteer John also cleared and leveled an area of the allotement in preparation for a brand new polytunnel which will help to provide the tea room with home grown veg!

Thursday, 28 August 2014


 Bracken cutting is going well with both tractor mowing and our Tuesday Task Force slashing; we will have it clear in no time.

 Recently Assistant Ranger Will has been mowing up near Minton and the Tuesday Task Force have been in Batch Valley.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Way Marker and Dragons Teeth Repairs

Volunteers Rob, Izi and Emily enjoyed a beautiful day on the hill repairing dragons teeth and waymarkers over the hill. With numerous walks, access routes and challenging terrain, keeping up with the work can some times feel like a tough job. However, with such stunning views it's a job no one minds doing!!

Raft Building

Raft Building!

Every Friday through August Raft Building sessions have been running throughout the day. They have been very popular rain or shine and we are all looking forwards to our last session this coming friday!

Other sessions this summer have included weekly Pond Dipping and A Land Rover Safari with our head ranger David Cowell.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

50 years on the Long Mynd

Next year will be the 50th year since the National Trust bought the Long Mynd. It has changed a lot since then and we have big plans for the future as well. Why not come to the back of the tearoom tomorrow (25th August) for a talk by the assistant ranger called "50 years on the Long Mynd". There will be a talk at 11:30am and at 2:30pm.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Flowering Heather

The Heather is in bloom on the hill and looks amazing, you have to go and have a look!
Devil's mouth and Pole bank are great places to get a really good view of the bright purple flowers.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Checking our wet flushes

Our ecologist Caroline was helped by students Yolanda and Hannah this week monitoring the wet flushes on the hill at Wildmoor. They assessed the condition of the flushes by checking that they hadn't dried out, polluted or been damaged by recreation of livestock. 

Most were in really good shape with only 2 out of 16 showign signs of slight damage by trampling by ponies. The ponies tend to go into the wet areas in the hot weather but the flushes are robust enough to stand occasional trampling and should and should readily recover.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Mountain Pansy

This beautiful little flower is a Mountain Pansy. We haven't seen one on the hill before, have you?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Attingham Ragwort

Tuesday saw a huge gathering of Shropshire rangers, wardens and volunteers. Over 20 joined forces at Attingham to wage war on the ragwort, making a huge impact. This follows the success of the mega bracken bash here at Carding Mill Valley.

Bracken Cutting

The tractor has its double wheels on and is ready to start cutting bracken! Every year we cut over 40ha in our efforts to reduce bracken, and on High Park you can really see a difference! The bracken there is much shorter compared to the bracken on the rest of the hill. You also get a great view of North Shropshire!