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Here you’ll find a host of events run by a variety of environmental organisations, wildlife groups and local people across the Marches

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February 2020

Tuesdays

February

Weekly Park Cycles

By Open Newtown

10am every Tuesday

Meet outside white building at top of Newtown’s main car park.

Free, short, easy cycle rides for you to enjoy.

Free bike repairs for Park Cycle Participants. Please go to Bike to the Future, alongside Cultivate’s Community Garden and Skillshop. Turn into the College/Theatre. Immediate right. First left.

It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there. 

Thurs & sat

February

Weekly Park Walks

By Open Newtown

10am every Thursday and Saturday

Meet outside white building at top of Newtown’s main car park.

Free, short, easy walks for you to enjoy.

It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there. 

17

February

Upper Onny Wildlife Group AGM

By the Upper Onny Wildlife Group

On Monday 17th February at 7.30pm

Church Barn, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5FD

Our guest speaker is Peter Carty of the National Trust who will talk about the funding recently awarded by the People’s Postcode Lottery to the National Trust to support various initiatives, projects and local conservation groups, including UOWG. It is hoped that this initial funding will be the forerunner of the much larger Stepping Stones Project bid that Peter will also outline.

20

February

Rea Valley Wildlife Group AGM

By the Rea Valley Community Wildlife Group

On Thursday 20th February from 7.30 – 9.30pm

At Minsterley Parish Hall, A488, Minsterley, Shrewsbury, SY5 0EH

Annual Public Meeting for the Rea Valley Community Wildlife Group, with special guest speaker Michael Leach, presenting ‘Animals Behaving Badly’. Come along to hear updates from local wildlife groups and find out how to get involved.

This meeting is free to attend and everyone is welcome! For more information please email reavalleycwg@gmail.com 

20

February

Sustainable Futures: A presentation on the Middle Marches Community Land Trust by Tim Selman and Lizzie Hulton-Harrop

Organised by the Christian Group from the Methodist Church in Clun

On Thursday 20th February from 7.30pm

At Clun Methodist Church

Middle Marches is a community-led initiative to protect, conserve, restore and enhance our environment.

Refreshments. Free entry – donations welcome

22

February

Woodland Walk at Horderley

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

On Saturday 22nd February at 11am

Meeting at The Plough Inn, Wistanstow, Craven Arms SY7 8DG

23

February

Sunday Walk – Last Sunday of every month

By Open Newtown

On Sunday 23rd February at 10am

Meet at Newtown’s Town Clock

Join us for a 3.3 mile walk in the Hills of Newtown and enjoy fresh air, good company and some time to relax.

It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there. 

27

February

Environment & Climate Emergency: Networking and support event for community groups in the Shropshire Hills

By the AONB Partnership

On Thursday 27th February from 7-9pm

At Craven Arms Community Centre

The evening will cover the following topics:

  • Tree planting – what, where, how
  • Community energy and transport
  • How to assess your area and decide what to do
  • Using environmental data and maps
  • Nature recovery and net zero

To book onto the event, please click the button below. 

29

February

Herefordshire Meadows Forum

By Herefordshire Meadows

From morning start and finish with lunch. Times TBC

At Bishops Frome Village Hall, WR6 5AR

29

February

Our Food: The cost to the Earth and its people

By Ludlow Fairtrade Town Group and Ludlow Food Network

On Saturday 29th February at 10am

At Ludlow Methodist Church, Ludlow, SY8 1NH

Entry fee £8.50. Please click the button below to book

March 2020

Tuesdays

March

Weekly Park Cycles

By Open Newtown

10am every Tuesday

Meet outside white building at top of Newtown’s main car park.

Free, short, easy cycle rides for you to enjoy.

Free bike repairs for Park Cycle Participants. Please go to Bike to the Future, alongside Cultivate’s Community Garden and Skillshop. Turn into the College/Theatre. Immediate right. First left.

It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there. 

Thurs & sat

March

Weekly Park Walks

By Open Newtown

10am every Thursday and Saturday

Meet outside white building at top of Newtown’s main car park.

Free, short, easy walks for you to enjoy.

It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there. 

11

March

Biochar Workshop

By the Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute

On Wednesday 11th March

At Aston University, Birmingham

Discover more about biochar, its wide variety of benefits and uses including carbon capture, water treatment, fuel source, odour control, soil improvement and industrial applications.

Email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 3383 to book a place.

12

March

Year of the Burial Ground Conferences

By Caring for God’s Acre

On Thursday 12th March, 10am-4.30pm

National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

We have organised two ‘Beautiful Burial Ground’ conferences in March. These days will bring together experts for a packed itinerary – inspiring attendees to investigate and record in burial grounds and show how records can be used to help with management decisions and interpretation.

Booking is required. Entry fee £15 

13

March

Talk by Richard Gulliver: ‘The Botanist Gin – our part in global success story’

By Marches Meadow Group

On Friday 13th March at 7.30pm

At Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishops Castle SY9 5FD

Richard will talk about the role he and Mavis played in the selection of the 22 Islay botanicals in The Botanist Gin, relate fascinating aspects of some of the 22, and tell of the years spent sustainably harvesting these plants, between 2010 and 2017.

Booking essential. Members free, non-members £3.00. 

To book please contact Richard Small on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com 

21

March

Lambing Course

By Trevor Wheeler

On Saturday 21st March

At Brynmawr Farm, SY7 8QU

The course is as hands on as possible and will cover:

  • Looking for the signs of lambing from the ewes
  • Presentation of lambs
  • How and when to assist
  • Problems in lambing
  • What to do immediately after birth with the lamb and ewe
  • Hypothermia
  • Ewe and lamb diseases and problems
  • Fostering
  • Feeding lambs
  • Preparation for lambing
  • Why we scan
  • Care of the ewe pre lambing

Cost £70 with organic lunch, tea, coffee and cake

Contact Jacky Harrison on 01588 630666 if you want to book or jackyharrson51@hotmail.com

21

March

Georgians in Stone Project Seminar

By the Georgians in Stone Project

On Saturday 21st March from 9.30am-4pm

At The Community College, Bishop’s Castle

A day celebrating Bishop’s Castle’s Georgian Heritage with talks, exhibitions and a book stall at The Community College, Bishop’s Castle. 

Free of charge, all welcome. Booking required – download the booking form here. 

25-26

March

‘Value from Waste’ Master Class

By the Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute

On 25th – 26th March

At Aston University, Birmingham

Unwanted material such as food waste, packaging, sawdust, manure, hay straw, spent grain waste from breweries, and waste oils are only a few examples of waste that could potentially be a stream of new market opportunities for your business.

If you are looking to expand your market horizons, EBRI can offer a number of benefits to your business including a tailor-made Value from Waste Master Class for business decision makers and entrepreneurs. There is no charge for eligible companies to attend.

Register Now – places are limited
Email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 3383

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March

Year of the Burial Ground Conferences

By Caring for God’s Acre

On Thursday 26th March, 10am-4.30pm

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW

We have organised two ‘Beautiful Burial Ground’ conferences in March. These days will bring together experts for a packed itinerary – inspiring attendees to investigate and record in burial grounds and show how records can be used to help with management decisions and interpretation.

Booking is required. Entry fee £15 

29

March

Sunday Walk – Last Sunday of every month

By Open Newtown

On Sunday 29th March at 10am

Meet at Newtown’s Town Clock

Join us for a 3.6 mile walk along the Severn Way Circuit and enjoy fresh air, good company and some time to relax.

It’s free to attend. We hope to see you there. 

April 2020

5

April

Scythe Peening Workshop

By Marches Meadow Group

On Sunday 5th April at 10.30am

At Natural England Office, Pennerley, SY5 0NE

National Peening Day! Simon Cooter will demonstrate the art of peening scythe blades to allow sharpening to a fine edge. An essential skill for all scythers.

Contact Simon to book your place on 01743 792294 or at simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk 

15

April

Born Free – It’s not just all about lions!

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Wednesday 15 April from 7.30-9pm

At Methodist Church, High Street, Clun. SY7 8JB

Mandy Ford has worked for Born Free Foundation, the international wildlife charity, for 21 years. She will tell us how the Foundation came about over 30 years ago and will talk about animal rescues that have taken place and current projects.

Members £3, Non-Members £4. Students and young people free, includes Fairtrade refreshments.

25

April

Walk at Gyr y Cwm

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

On Saturday 25th April at 2pm

Gyr y Cwm is located near Lydham Village Hall. 
We will meet at the layby on the left heading west along A489 map ref SO 308927. 

May 2020

5

May

Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Peter Carty

By Marches Meadow Group

On Tuesday 5th May at 7.30pm

At Snailbeach Village Hall, Snailbeach SY5 0NZ

MMG’s 2020 AGM will be followed by a talk from Peter Carty of the National Trust, Cardingmill Valley speaking of the relationship between MMG and the Stepping Stones Project.

Booking not required but helpful if you let Richard Small know if you expect to come on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com 

16

May

Bat Walk

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Saturday 16th May from 8-9.30pm

Meet outside Methodist Church, High Street, Clun SY7 8JB

Jordan Whitcomb will walk us round Clun, spotting and hopefully hearing bats as they emerge.

Free event, donations welcome. 

17

May

Quillet Walk

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

On Sunday 17th May at 2.30pm

Meet at Chapel Lawn Village Hall, SY7 0BW

Join some of the Redlake Valley Community Benefit Society’s directors and shareholders on a walk to the quillets.

21

May

Visit to Meadows at Lower View, Sarn

By Marches Meadow Group

On Thursday 21st May at 5.30pm

At Lower View, City Lane, Sarn, Powys SY16 4HH. Please meet at Sarn Village Hall and lift-share or stroll up the lane.

By kind invitation of Steve and Lisette Attwood-Wright, an opportunity to see the meadows and acid grassland habitats which feature several species of orchid. Please note that parking is extremely limited; please meet at Sarn Village Hall and lift-share or stroll up the lane.

Booking not required but helpful if you let Richard Small know if you expect to come on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com 

June 2020

17

June

Walk and Talk at Smiling Tree Farm

By Middle Marches Community Land Trust

On Wednesday 17th June, 5pm

At Smiling Tree Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire, SY7 0BW

29

June

Get to know Rhos Fiddle

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Monday 29th June from 2-3.30pm

Meet at Clun Bridge Car Park at 1.30pm for car sharing (limited space at the reserve)

Walk starts at Rhos Fiddle: SO 205 857. Grassy area next to (but not blocking) field gate to Rhos Fiddle reserve. Remember good shoes and the active insect population.

Rhos Fiddle is one of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s most interesting upland reserves. We’ll have a personal tour with Clive Dean – Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Reserves Officer for South Shropshire.

Free event, donations welcome. Places limited.

Please book your place with Mary Eminson on 01588 640921 or clunandbc@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk 

July 2020

11

July

Hay Meadow Festival, Craven Arms

By Marches Meadow Group

On Saturday 11th July from 11am – 6pm

At The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms SY7 9RS

Don’t miss this chance to visit the Hay Meadow Festival: the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms has over 10 ha of meadows and the Festival will be even bigger and better than ever!

Booking not required; admission £5 adults (children free); MMG members volunteering to help on the MMG stand would be appreciated and would have free admission.

20

July

Visit to Forestart, Hadnall

By Marches Meadow Group

On Monday 20th July at 2pm

At Forestart, Ladymas Lane, Hadnall, SY4 4AL

Forestart is a local company supplying wild flower seed (and trees and shrubs). The wild flower seed is harvested from single species plots and flowering should be at its peak for this visit.

Booking essential. Please contact Richard Small on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com to reserve a place. 

25

July

Introduction to Scything Course

By Marches Meadow Group

On Saturday 25th July from 10am – 3.30pm

At Natural England Office, Pennerley, SY5 0NE

Learn the joy of scything at this one day course run by Natural England site manager Simon Cooter. The course will include how to set up, sharpen and use the scythe in different conditions, as well as the principles of hay meadow management.

£50.00 (10% discount for MMG members). Please contact Simon to book your place on 01743 792294 or simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk 

August 2020

TBC

August

Green Hay & Social at Paul & Pat Simon’s Hay Meadow

By Marches Meadow Group

Date in August TBC depending on weather!

At Upper Gravenor, Norbury, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5EG

We plan to help Paul and Pat spread green hay on one of their fields and would like as many volunteers as possible. Afterwards we hope to enjoy an opportunity to socialise – details will be circulated when known.

TBC

August

Seed Collection Workshop

By Marches Meadow Group

To be confirmed

This event may include a demonstration of new MMG equipment. Details will be circulated when known.

11

August

A Dragonfly walk on the Long Mynd

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Tuesday 11th August from 2-3.30pm

Rendez-vous at Pole Cottage, top of Long Mynd, SO 413 937

Peter Carty, National Trust Countryside Parkland & Gardens Manager will lead a walk to show us the spots on the Mynd that Dragonflies love. Wear stout shoes and dress for the weather, it can be blowy up there.

Free event, donations welcome. Places limited.

Please book your place with Mary Eminson on 01588 640921 or clunandbc@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk 

September 2020

16

September

Embracing Change in Farming

By Clun and Bishop’s Castle Branch of The Shropshire Wildlife Trust

On Wednesday 16th September from 7.30-9pm

Hightown Community Room, Vicarage Road, Clun, SY7 8JG

Lizzie Hulton-Harrop grew up on a working family farm in Shropshire, just beneath the Stiperstones, about 300m above sea level. She will talk about the challenges and tensions for farmers in making a living and protecting the environment, sharing with us the journey she and her mother have taken.  

Members £3, Non-Members £4. Students and young people free, includes Fairtrade refreshments.

October 2020

6

October

Members’ Question & Answer Session

By Marches Meadow Group

On Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm

At The Crown Inn, Wentnor SY5 9EE

Another chance to have your questions answered, particularly (but not exclusively) related to meadow creation on lawns and fields. 

Booking not required.

November 2020

5

November

Talk by Caroline Hanks: The highs and lows of meadow making at landscape scale

By Marches Meadow Group

On Thursday 5th November at 7.30pm

At Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5FD

Caroline is project officer for Herefordshire Meadows which has taken a different approach from MMG by managing and creating wildflower rich meadows at the landscape scale.

Booking essential, MMG members free, non-members £3.00. Please contact Richard Small on 01743 791476 or richard.w.small@gmail.com to reserve a place.

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