Welcome to the news from the Trust
Our new Outdoor Learning Programme for 2018 is now available to download from our website: http://www.severngorge.org.uk/severn-gorge-events/
There is a great range of walks and workshops that are a fantastic way of exploring the Ironbridge Gorge landscape and learning more about your doorstep countryside. Places go very quickly so make sure you book onto your chosen event soon.
If you would like to have a programme sent out to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01952 433880.
We have been able to fund this programme thanks to a grant from People’s Postcode Lottery
We are delighted to have received a £4,000 grant from People’s Postcode Lottery through Postcode Local Trust towards running an ‘Outdoor Learning Programme’ in 2018. The aim of the programme will be to provide opportunities for people of all ages to experience and reconnect with the local landscape of woodlands, meadows and heritage structures within the World Heritage Site through a wide variety of environmental, heritage and creative subjects. The programme will be available by mid February and all the events will be listed on our website and on our Facebook page.
The recent snow fall has caused a large amount of tree damage which the Trust is working hard to clear up.
So that you know which sites are walkable and which to stay away from: (all currently very icy)
Loamhole Dingle – now open – the Lydebrook had become almost blocked by the larger v shaped wooden footbridge and by the entrance to the silt trap which was of concern given the thaw. We spent yesterday with a team of 5 clearing this including using ropes to haul large limbs out of the water
Ropewalk to Lydebrook and part of Shropshire Way – open
Severn Valley Way from Station Yard car park to Free Bridge – main fallen trees cleared – 2 hung up trees to be dealt with by Trust staff on Monday. The SVW from there to Jackfield is managed by T & W
LLoyds Coppice main track – being worked on as I type but may not be open till New Year
Dale Coppice and Lincoln Hill – open – 2 branches to deal with
Bower Yard picnic site – 2 large branches dealt with and open
Benthall Edge – lower slopes nearest Iron Bridge – total carnage – scores of large trees and branches down. All paths closed – will take a couple of months to be cleared. We cannot start this work until the Severn Valley Way from the Iron Bridge to the Cooling Towers is cleared by T & W Council and they understandably have a huge amount of higher priority work.
Benthall Edge – upper path from Workhouse Coppice to Patten’s Rock Quarry viewpoint – open though one tree down in Foxholes though can use steps to bypass
Workhouse Coppice – not surveyed yet
Crostan – we understand may be trees down across the Bridleway at the top which we will try to get to before New Year but can’t guarantee
Other sites such as Sutton Wood and Haywood and Jiggers will be surveyed next week.
In terms of Benthall Edge, though the damage looks extensive, it is actually only nature restructuring the woodland, allowing a lot more light in next Spring which in turn should lead to more natural regeneration. There will also be a lot more dead wood for invertebrates.
If you do go for a walk just be aware that there may be snow damaged trees around so take care.
Yesterday we moved 10 hopefully expectant ewes along with ‘Abraham the Ram’ from Shakespeare meadow to Oilhouse pastures. They had done a great job in grazing the meadow and needed to move onto pastures new. They will stay here until mid January and then move onto Crackshall meadows where hopefully the patter of tiny hooves will be heard in April.
We have managed to complete all works on Jiggers Bank in only 2 days instead of 3, so the road is now reopened. Through taking a coordinated approach in partnership the following was achieved: two tonne rock shield safely removed, all hedges cut by DJ Gwilts, all drain gulleys jetted, road just below rockface surveyed in detail by engineers contractors, litter picked by Gorge Parish Council, some verges cut by T & W Council to aid site lines, alll rock bolts torque tested, crack monitors measured, main rockface coppiced. Two rockfaces given heavy descale with small to medium looser rocks removed, netting and cabling checked. This means we should only need to do a one day abseil inspection next May under stop go boards. Our thanks to all those above and to local residents. We also had a visit from a large walking group of year 2 from Dawley school who were escorted through the site on their way to Ironbridge. The wonder on their faces at the abseil climbers and their questions ‘how will they get down’ etc was a joy to behold….the next generation of climbers!
We’ve gone ‘Wild in the Wilderness’ today on our family walk. We’ve tied in the new willow growth on our willow dome and collected autumn leaves and berries to weave into our frames. Found worms and molehills and even encountered some of our Soay sheep on our travels! A big thank you to Sarah Bates for leading us through the Wilderness and helping us to create some fantastic natural art to take home with us.