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July 2017

Heartland – The Camp, Earl’s Hill, Pontesford

Friday July 21 - Sunday July 23
Earl’s Hill Nature Reserve,

A family of time travellers have set up camp on Earl's Hill.... The Camp is high up on the hill, off-line, in the clear air and the cooling breezes. The family have no watches and no plan, they watch clouds move shadows across great swathes of un-mapped land. They see the sun set and marvel at the patterns of the stars. Their fire keeps wild animals away through the night and when it’s dawn they welcome the sun again. This…

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Axe Handle Making & Fitting

Saturday July 22 @ 9:30 am - Sunday July 23 @ 4:30 pm
Bishop’s Castle Community College, SY9 5AYUnited Kingdom + Google Map

Two Day course with Neill Mapes . Come and make a handle for your axe and learn the process of fitting it.

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Basic Scything Workshop

Saturday July 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rigmoreoak, SY5 0NEUnited Kingdom + Google Map

Simon Cooter (Natural England), will lead this workshop, which covers setting up the scythe, scything action, sharpening and an introduction to scythe peening.  Participants can benefit from a 20% - 30% discount on scythe kits from the Scythe Shop (www.thescytheshop.co.uk).  Contact Simon for details 01743 792294 or email simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk. This workshop has been organised by the Marches Meadow Group - the workshop is free for members, or £20 per person.  Numbers limited, please contact Richard Small, Marches Meadow Group to book…

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Ritton Castle and Bog

Sunday July 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Bog Car Park, SY5 0NG + Google Map

Site of an Iron-age fort and grassland. Meet at the Bog Centre www.bogcentre.co.uk Grid Ref: SO 358 978 Please bring good footwear, waterproofs and lunch if needed. For further info contact Rob Rowe 01588 630 648 or rob@robrowe.co.uk or Cassy Clayton cassyclayton@naturalengland.org.uk or 01743 792 294

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The final Heartland Singing Workshop, Snailbeach Village Hall

Sunday July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Snailbeach Village Hall,

Join composer and choir director, Mary Keith to help create new choral music that is inspired by the Shropshire Hills.  Everyone is welcome to this free event, either to sing or listen.  No experience necessary. This is part of the Heartland project.  Mary is one of three artists working in the Shropshire Hills this spring and summer to encourge new ways of seeing and understanding our fragile Shropshire Hills landscape.  Alongside the singing workshops there are other opportunities to explore and…

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August 2017

Black Marsh, Hemford

Thursday August 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Blackmarsh, Hemford + Google Map

A chance to practise sedges and rushes ID. Meet at the Forestry Comission gateway at the end of the lane at Hemford. Grid Ref: SJ 321 001. Please bring good footwear, waterproofs and lunch if needed. For further info contact Rob Rowe 01588 630 648 or rob@robrowe.co.uk or Cassy Clayton cassy.clayton@naturalengland.org.uk or 01743 792 294.

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Blakemoorgate Art Gallery

Thursday August 3 @ 11:00 am - Sunday August 6 @ 3:00 pm
Blakemoorgate Cottages,

Fun Family Art during the Summer Holidays with Sticks & Stuff WALK, EXPLORE and CREATE up at the Blakemoorgate Cottages. Under your own steam, walk up to the Squatters Cottages, take in the view and bring a picnic.  Be inspired by the landscape, heritage, flora and fauna.   Explore Art installations and create your own beautiful Art to go into our ‘Pop Up’ Art Gallery. No booking necessary. Drop in between 11am - 3pm.  Suggested donations of £4 welcome on the…

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Marvellous moths

Friday August 4 @ 8:30 pm
Nills Hill, SY5 0YN + Google Map

Improve your moth id skills and learn about the practicalities of moth trapping. Led by Dave Green from Butterfly Conservation.  There is a charge of £5 for the first session you attend, then subsequent sessions are free. The workshops will run from 8.30pm (dusk) ‘til late and are part of our habitat restoration project Rescuing Rocks and Overgrown Relics. Dates for the remaining sessions, which are all at Nills Hill: 8th September 2017 For more information and to book onto one or…

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Blakemoorgate Cottages open from 11am

Sunday August 6 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Snailbeach Village Hall Car Park, SY5 0LZUnited Kingdom + Google Map

Visit the restored 19th-century squatter cottages to see how some of the miners and their families lived. The cottages are open the 1st Sunday of each month from April to October. Parking is available at Snailbeach Village Hall - please remember to leave your donation in the box at the car park entrance.  From here it is an uphill walk of about 3/4 hour to the settlement, following in the footsteps of the miners. Download walking directions in the Blakemoorgate Cottages…

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Stiperstones Whinberry Wander

Sunday August 6 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

A walk with members of the Natural England team to some of the historic settlements off the Stiperstones ridge, collecting whinberries along the way.  Bring a picnic and container for your berries.  Cost £5, includes tea and scone at Blakemoorgate Cottages.  For more information and meeting point, please contact Natural England on 01743 792294 or email stiperstones.events@naturalengland.org.uk.

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