Cudwell Meadow

In 2020, we ran an appeal to purchase Cudwell Meadow, a 3-acre site south of Church Stretton. We were delighted to hit our £25,000 target and complete the purchase in early 2021.

 

If you’re able to make a donation to support the ongoing management costs of Cudwell Meadow, we would be very grateful. Thank you.

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Our vision is to pass on restored, well-connected wetlands to the next generation of people living in the Strettons.

A watervole tunnel at the wetlands

About Cudwell Meadow

This is a collaborative venture between the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group and Middle Marches Community Land Trust.

We are now able to hold in trust a three-acre site located to the south of Church Stretton. It is bordered by the Quinny brook and is joined by a small stream from Cudwell Pool so we’ve named it ‘Cudwell Meadow’. It is presently a mix of rough grassland with rushes and swampy areas.

The meadow and adjoining wetlands are home to water voles, visiting otters, invertebrates and amphibians. 

Restoration of the meadow will greatly improve its ability to host more species of wetland plants and provide a place for all the endangered lifeforms that just need a breathing space to feed, breed and thrive. 

Thanks to your support, we can provide a haven for wildlife, that in recent decades has often either completely disappeared or become a scarce and precious commodity.

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Where is Cudwell Meadow?

Cudwell Meadow Map by Pete

Since 2016, the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group has been working closely with those who own the Stretton Wetlands to find out more about the area and its potential for wildlife. Here’s what has been achieved so far:

  • Recognition of much of the area as a wildlife site by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust
  • Creation of a boardwalk along the existing footpath, which has proved wonderfully popular with local residents
  • Completion of bioblitzes in 2016 and 2018 which found a plethora of insects, amphibians, mammals, birds and flora, including some UK notable species

Find out more about the wetlands and the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group’s achievements by visiting the blog. 

Key aims for Cudwell Meadow

Cudwell Meadow May 2020

To conserve a unique wetland habitat for future generations to enjoy

Photograph by John Harding

To provide a santuary for wildlife in a changing climate

Stretton Wetlands

To mitigate the impact of our changing climate

Why wetlands?

Wetlands provide an important habitat for many species. They are often undervalued, but play an important role in improving biodiversity, storing water and carbon, and purifying water.

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Over 10% of our freshwater and wetland species are threatened with extinction in the UK, and we’ve lost 90% of our wetland habitats in the last 100 years.

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Thank you for your support

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Project partners

Middle Marches CLT

Strettons Area CWG

National Trust

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Church Stretton Town Council

Address

Enterprise House, Station Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AQ

Email us

info@middlemarchescommunitylandtrust.org.uk

Call us

01588 650 364 (Oliver, interim Secretary)