‘Forage for Free’

Autumn is almost upon us and it is an ideal time to head outdoors and forage for some of the hedgerow bounty that nature has produced. Not only could you make some beautiful recipes but the best thing about foraging is that it is FREE! It's a good idea to take a good...

Geocaching in the Gorge

Summer holidays.....children getting bored? Why not take them Geocaching in the Gorge? The Trust has over 40 Geocaches hidden on its land. Geocaching is kind of like a treasure hunt, All over the UK there are hidden boxes for people to find. Inside the boxes you will...

Bower Yard Picnic Site

The wild flowers at Bower Yard Picnic site are looking glorious, why not take a stroll down over the weekend to catch them in full bloom. Its a great place to stop for a view of the river and the Iron Bridge. Pack up a picnic lunch and have a relaxing break. Thanks...

Stickman – Family Walk

We had a fantastic day out yesterday following the adventures of #Stickman and discovering some of the 101 things that you can do with a stick. Our family walk around Loamhole Dingle was well attended despite the weather. Everyone had a great time playing...

Making Hay while the Sun Shines

This week we are busy cutting, baling and wrapping the hay in our hay meadows.  As always it is a race against the weather, so we are making the most of this dry spell.  We work with our contractor, Dave Gwilt who does a fantastic job.  Nathan, our Countryside Officer...

Hidden Gems of the Ironbridge Gorge

At a recent international conference run by the Ironbridge Institute - 'The Heritage of Connecting Places & Cultures' it listed 5 Hidden Gems of the Ironbridge Gorge. We were really pleased that three of them are managed by the Trust...

Love your landscape

2017 'Love your Landscape' Calendar for sale In 2016, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary.  To commemorate this milestone we ran a photo competition inviting participants to take a photo showing why they 'loved the landscape' of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage...

Wild ‘n’ Spooky – Family Walk

On Friday 28th October, join us on this family walk through spooky Wilderness woods and have the opportunity to create natural art as part of the nationwide BIG...

Update on Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative

This week we received the fantastic news from Tesco that we had been awarded £10k pounds towards improving Bower Yard Picnic site. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales.  The scheme has seen three community...

Bags of Help – Funding Award

The Trust is delighted to be a recipient of Tesco's Bags of Help initiative. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales.  The scheme will see three local community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000,...

Flooding and Land Management

The devastating floods in Cumbria and the North West have been awful to watch and, as an area prone to flooding we can empathise strongly with the local residents and businesses so badly affected. The media reports often only give part of the picture. So what causes...

Continuous Cover

Work began in Sutton Wood alongside the River Severn East of Coalport this week working with contractor NW Tree Services. The work involves thinning through felling a number of ash, sweet chestnut and conifers to create a woodland of trees of mixed sizes under...

Make hay whilst the sun might shine

This summer has been really challenging for farmers and land managers due to the weather being so changeable. We have managed to cut, dry (after turning it 4 times instead of the usual 2) and bale Ropewalk and Wilderness Meadows and have now started on Crackshall (see...

White Admiral Colony discovered

A new colony of White Admiral butterflies, first discovered last year in Lloyds Coppice has been confirmed as present this year. Thanks to the work of some of our excellent volunteer recorders Liz Rogers and Christine Littlewood. Photo c. Liz Rogers. Butterfly...

Good partnership with Field Studies Council

A great evening yesterday spent at Preston Montford, headquarters of the Field Studies Council, being shown around by Head of Centre Adrian Pickles.  Its an amazing site next to the River Severn just outside Shrewsbury and they teach literally thousands of children...

Grey squirrel tree damage

Grey squirrels are abundant in forests in the UK and though people enjoy seeing them scampering up and down trees they cause a big problem through the damage they do to tree bark, which is particularly bad at this time of year. Squirrels strip the bark to get at the...

Herb paris

The unusual and uncommon Herb paris is up in our woodland again. Its Latin name is Paris quadrifolia because it has 4 leaves....except if you happen to grow on parts of our land...

Benthall Edge Lime Trail top path works start Monday 15th June

Please note that the works to upgrade the very muddy path along the top of Benthall Edge will start on Monday 15th June and will last several weeks but will hopefully be completed in time for the main summer holday season. The works are being carried out by AJB...

Walking a mile a day cuts cancer risk by 40%

According to latest research walking a mile a day cuts cancer risk by a staggering 40%. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/29/walking-mile-day-cut-risk-dying-breast-prostate-cancer-40pc Why not spend only 15 minutes a day and come for a walk in the stunning...

Francesca’s Meadow Update

Last night a meeting was held of the working group for Francesca's meadow, which SGCT is helping to create at the Field Studies Council headquarters at Preston Montford, near Shrewsbury, as a celebration of the life of Francesca Griffith, a local ecologist. Preston...

Keeping bridleways safe

Many tasks carried out by SGCT relate to ongoing maintenance which is largely unseen. Here Nathan uses our pole saw to remove several oak branches that had split and were hanging down over the bridleway through Vane Coppice. On inspection we found another oak tree...

Can we take these home please ?

Another good lookering morning to inject the lambs against a range of infections. Trying to persuade the lookerers to give them back afterwards was more tricky !!

What a difference in the weather!

To cheer you up, this picture was taken last week of our Soay flock at Crackshall Meadows - this Monday morning its a soggy day with low cloud

Shearing our sheep

Today we have been shearing the Soay sheep flock with an expert and learning how to see how lanolin (see orange yellow in the fleece in the photo) 'lifts' the fleece clear of the skin ready for shearing. We also learned that as its a cold start to May they are not as...

Soay lambs arrive on mass !

Yesterday our Soay flock increased in size with the arrival of one set of triplets and 3 sets of twins. It is fascinating to see the colour variation on the lambs with one lamb having an almost identical pattern to the mother. Cows have also begun to graze our...

Lookerers in the fold

Lookerers led by Nathan Morris use the now tried and trusted technique of gathering our Native breed Soay sheep using a line of people with a plastic net fence. Native breed sheep don't 'follow like sheep', instead they react as if you were a predator, and go in...

Trees of Knowledge meeting

On Thursday 22nd January, 'Trees of Knowledge' will be held at the Trust's Community Room, Darby Road, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7EP: 10-12noon. This annual meeting is held for local people interested in the countryside and to find out how SGCT manage the landscape within...

Soay sheep For sale

We have Soay ewes, ewes lambs and ram lambs for sale. if your interested please phone 01952 433880 or email nathanmorris@severngorge.org.uk

Tree safety works and ancient trees

As with every Winter one part of our work continues to be managing the half a million or so trees which we are responsible for, and in the last few years have worked on nearly 3,000 of them to try to keep local residents and visitors safe, but also to try to preserve...

Team and contractor projects

Following the success of the Loamhole Dingle path project between our staff, volunteers and contractors, there are a continual number of projects ongoing to manage our landholding. These include a new stone gateway into Wilderness Meadow built by staff to enable a...

Loamhole flood by pass path opens the day the old path floods!

Today we opened the new 120 metre long Loamhole silt trap flood by pass path and nature decided to oblige by flooding the old path last night! Up until now when the silt trap floods it has meant that the popular path up Loamhole Dingle was closed as was too dangerous...

Jiggers Bank Rockfaces Inspection

The past two days we have been working with specialists from Vertical Access Ltd doing the bi-annual inspection of Jiggers Bank rockfaces. The inspection is very hands on and includes the men abseiling down the face every few metres, descaling (ie pulling off) any...

Preparing for Winter

In SGCT even the Chair Louise Lomax and Finance Officer Kate Chetwood get stuck in on practical tasks when required including splitting firewood which is the main source of heating for our sustainable...

New Sheep race works a treat with help from our volunteer shepherds

At SGCT we are always trying to improve what we do and following our recent purchase of the sheep flock from Harry and Gill Pettit we bought a sheep race, which is basically an open topped tunnel with an up down gate one end and a sorting gate the other end. The...

Bower Yard Lime Kilns conservation nearly complete

The next phase of our conservation works to Bower Yard Lime Kilns are nearly complete. CBS Conservation Ltd from Oswestry have taken out the mudstone which failed over the Winter due to freeze thaw action and replaced it with local limestone, using lime mortar. The...

Dave Davies

One of our Trustees, Dave Davies, sadly died on Sunday 7th September, following a long illness.  Dave sat on the Trust's Committee of Management from 1997 to 1999 and more recently from 2011 until his death. Chair of SGCT, Louise Lomax said: 'Dave was a valued...

Looking for something to do on Sunday 7th September?  Why not head down to the Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale for a free arts and crafts day held by the Lodge Field Group 11.00 to 4.00 pm.  Activities for all the...

Outdoor Learning Programme this Autumn

Hi folks The workshops in the Outdoor Learning Programme are filling up. Check out the Events page for more information. Available places on: 29th August: The Feeding Buzz of Bats: £5.00  (children free) 4th September: How Limestone Shaped the Ironbridge Gorge: £25.00...

SGCT contractors working hard to conserve the World Heritage Site

SGCT contractors have been working hard to conserve the historic structures which we manage across the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. CBS Conservation Ltd from Oswestry have begun work to further conserve Bower Yard Lime kilns by refacing areas of mudstone...

Kissing Gate at Lincoln Hill

Excellent day on Thursday with our volunteers putting in a kissing gate at the entrance to Lincoln Hill from Upper Paradise. All done and we also cleared scrub from the path opening up a clear sight line from the gate to the first junction. Thank you to all 8...

Protecting the World Heritage Site against dumping and vandalism

We are generally lucky in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site in terms of dumping and vandalism but we have recently had waste dumped on two sites and several plastic Trail leaflet holders smashed. Such behaviour wastes staff and contractor time and costs the...

Prehistoric Iron Smelting Day

The prehistoric iron smelting workshop was very successful on Friday in smelting a good bloomery of iron. Many thanks to Mick Krupa, Nathan Morris, Ross Davidson and all attendees for a perfect day

Piles of heavy work !

Work by contractors working for Telford & Wrekin Council has begun to install piles into the grassland which we manage in front of Maws Craft Centre using a very heavy piling machine. This has required them to build a pile corridor temporary road and the digging...

‘Get Muddy’ family walks in August

Family Activity walks  'Get Muddy' family walks, open to all families. Adults are responsible for their children. Old clothes are essential! Walks below are NOT pushchair friendly as there are steps. Charge: £2.50 per child. Adults (16plus) free. Max number of...