Programme 1: Scraping Beneath the Surface
The riches of this land are only reached by scraping beneath the surface. This is a landscape defined by its mining heritage. The pursuit of lead, barytes and coal has left an indelible mark. Mining has influenced the land use above ground where subsistence farming has created a landscape of small holdings, small villages, squatter settlements and small farms.
Click on the links below for information on the three projects within this programme:
Programme Update, July 2014
Work during the first year of the Scheme for our Coal & Transport and Lead & Barytes mining projects has focused on negotiating site works and planned access and interpretation improvements at several key sites within the Scheme area, at Pontesbury, Cothercott, and Snailbeach, all associated with the once important coal, lead and barytes industries of this area.
Plans are in progress to consolidate the remains of the Cothercott barytes mill building and at the main Snailbeach mine site where a significant work programme is proposed by Shropshire Council and the Shropshire Mines Trust.
We started our WREN funded ‘Rescuing rocks and overgrown relics‘ (RROR) project at the end of 2013 with a series of ecological surveys, carried out by local professionals. The surveys will run for 12 months up to September 2014 and the survey findings will ensure that we have enough knowledge about the important wildlife found on the 6 RROR sites to be able to plan habitat management works appropriately. Some of the species found on these sites such as dormice, bats and great crested newt are protected species and their habitat needs to be managed with great care.
Practical management work started during Winter 2013/14 at Earl’s Hill to clear vegetation which was encroaching on the natural scree slope and at the Bog mine site to clear encroaching willow scrub from one of the ponds. A further work programme will start in Autumn/Winter 2014/15 across the RROR sites. Nine practical volunteer task days were held at RROR sites during Winter 2013/14 and if you are interested in supporting the conservation work being carried out at these sites, all within the northern part of the Scheme area, please look out for our 2014/15 volunteers programme starting in Autumn 2014.