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Walking for Well Being Taster Session

Walking for Well Being Taster Session

Forest Bathing and Mindfulness in Nature Taster Session
About this event
Forest Bathing and Mindfulness in Nature are two approaches to taking a walk in nature, which aim to help us engage more fully with ourselves and our immediate surroundings. They are also very enjoyable!
We walk gently through the landscape, directing our attention either within our bodies, or to our senses. Our day -to -day cares are allowed to fall away, leaving us feeling refreshed and more able to deal with them when we return. This simple practice has been shown to be very beneficial for our health and well-being, allowing the sights, sounds, smells and touch of nature to relax and inspire us.
This FREE taster session, aims to give you an experience of this state of mind, and some tools to take away with you, so that you can go out and practice anytime, anywhere.
Details
Age 18+
75 minutes long
In natural woodland, with unmade paths and uneven surfaces
The sessions are free – we welcome donations to Severn Gorge Countryside Trust, an environmental charity that manages the living landscape of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
This is not a hike – the pace is slow and the level of fitness required is similar to a 60 minute visit to a supermarket.
Walk leaders
Walking for Well Being is a collaboration between Jan and Sally.
Jan lives in Shropshire and is a Forest Bathing guide and holistic physical therapist.
Sally lives in Shropshire and is a retired Educational psychologist , she regularly leads Mindfulness walks for the Ironbridge Walking Festival.
To book a place or for more information please email: bookings@severngorge.org.uk or telephone 01952 433880
No Mow May

No Mow May

Why not joint the Trust and support Plantlife  in their #NO MOW MAY campaign. It doesn’t ask you to do much, in fact it asks you not to do anything at all…..
Just lock up your lawnmower on May 1st and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators. Even if it is just one small strip of your lawn, it will still make a big difference.🌻🌼🌸🌺🥀🌹🌷🐝🦋
At the end of the month, you can count the flowers on your lawn to take part in the conservation charity Plantlife Every Flower Counts survey. You’ll then get your own Personal Nectar Score, which tells you how many bees your garden is helping to support.

Newt Surveys

Newt Surveys

Another exciting evening doing newt surveys in Lloyds Coppice!
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We found palmate newts, dragonfly larvae, caddisflies wrapped in leaves (look them up – very cool insects!), and may have spotted a great crested newt swimming off too. We saw how previous pond works carried out on one of the ponds in 2014 (de-silting and clearing surrounding tree and scrub) had had an excellent outcome for improving the ponds habitat 😎
Thanks to Nicola Stone for leading the survey and volunteers for getting involved 🤗
The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

We are delighted to have received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund  which will go towards repairing and replacing the access infrastructure of steps and boardwalks that we are responsible for throughout the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Like many charitable organisations, the impact of Covid -19 has had an impact on our finances and our ability to carry out necessary work.
Now more than ever, access to the countryside and local green space is of vital importance. The pandemic has made many of us all the more aware of how much we value and rely on outdoor spaces to support our health and well-being. The funding made possible by National Lottery players was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. We are very grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time.

Pathways to World Heritage – Just Giving Donations Page

Pathways to World Heritage – Just Giving Donations Page

Now more than ever access to the countryside is of vital importance. Since the lockdown began in March we have seen an increased use of all our sites by the local and surrounding communities of Ironbridge Gorge. As a charity we have installed over £250k of access infrastructure to facilitate peoples’ enjoyment of our sites. Unfortunately, in places our timber steps and boardwalks are rotting more quickly than anticipated, potentially because timber is no longer pressure treated with copper chrome arsenic (CCA). Whilst CCAs replacement is better for the environment, it does not produce timber that is as durable. Furthermore, some of our sites have suffered from severe flooding which has likely contributed to the steps accelerated deterioration.  We need your support to raise additional funds to replace and repair some of the worst steps.  For more information please click on the link below to our Just Giving donations page.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/pathstoworldheritage

Thank you to our Volunteers!

Thank you to our Volunteers!

Today marks the start of Volunteers’ Week.  We can’t celebrate quite the same this year, but we still want to say a huge thank you for the great work that our volunteers do. Over 3,000 volunteer hours have been given in the last 12 months.  The Volunteer Programme has been running from 2006 and has gone from strength to strength.  Some volunteers have been with us for over 10 years!  Our volunteers help in a variety of practical conservation tasks from hedgelaying to step building and scrub clearance.  We also have a group of volunteers who help us manage our flock of rare breed Soay sheep.  We couldn’t manage to do all the jobs we do without the help of our volunteers, so it is fantastic to have the opportunity to say ‘Thank you’.