This July marks 60 years since Shropshire Wildlife Trust was formed as a champion for wildlife and there's a raft of events planned - so keep an eye out! Pictured: the SWT headquarters at 'The Cut' on Abbey Foregate.
It's sixty years since Shropshire Wildlife Trust was formed as a champion for wildlife at a time of sweeping changes to agriculture, industry and development.
Since then, the Trust has gone from strength to strength. Earl's Hill became the Trust’s first nature reserve, when it was acquired in 1964, and the Trust now cares for over 40 reserves across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
Many have been purchased thanks to funds raised by members and supporters, in addition to grants and donations from a variety of funders, charitable trusts and businesses.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust's past and present work, and important vision for the future, will be on display at The Cut Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury and celebrated through online and in person events throughout July.
The Trust, and its local branches, have a bumper series of events planned. It promises something for everyone - from family activities, walks and talks on nature reserves, wildlife spotting and online videos. You are advised to book early as some events are very popular, such as:
- Tours of Darwin’s Childhood Garden
- Confessions of a teenage skull collector
- Stepping Stones project on connecting wildlife habitats
- A guided walk around Earl’s Hill with picnic time at Earlsdale House
- Botanical Bonanza at Lightmoor
You can find the most up to date listings on the website: www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events
The Cut Visitor Centre (pictured below), on Abbey Foregate in Shrewsbury (opposite The Abbey) is open on weekdays, for you to browse the display, visit the shop and enjoy the summer wildflower garden - or simply enjoy a breather during your lunch break.
The Trust will also be launching a new 60th Anniversary Appeal to raise vital funds to continue wildlife conservation in the county. Local communities, volunteers, businesses, members and supporters across the county will have opportunity to get together and connect with the nature on their doorsteps.
Find out how you can help support crucial habitat management to protect Shropshire’s stunning species for the next 60 years.
More information about ‘Shropshire Wildlife Trust at 60’ can be found here: www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/SWT-at-60