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...

Prehistoric Iron Smelting

Our volunteers helped us at Jiggers Bank to prepare for the forthcoming Prehistoric Iron Smelting workshop on 4th July. Our tasks were to puddle clay, mix clay, straw and charcoal to line the kiln ready ...for firing. Mick Krupa, the tutor for the workshop gave us...

Soay lambs

This week we have worked with our volunteer lookerers and Harry and Gill to ear tag the new lambs and spray against flystrike as well as give wormer and an injection against pulpy kidney. We have lots of new lambs and nearly 100 Soay sheep that are doing a fine job of...

The final count is in……………

The lookerers helped catch the flock of Soay sheep and we had a count of the lambs. We have 37 this year, 18 ewes and 19 rams. They got a check over, a drench, a spray to prevent flystrike and then sent  on their way.  

Culvert Clearing

We have recently had to clear large amounts of debris from a large culvert grid in Coalbrookdale. This culvert is important as some of the water that flows though is surface water captured from wider Telford. From here the water flows to Upper Furnace Pool and...

Trust Open Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended the Trust’s Open Evening. We had a splendid attendance of over 50 people including Trustees and volunteers and 2 excellent presentations about the wonders of Benthall Edge by Trustee John Box and the Trust’s work 2013-2014 by Trust Manager Russell Rowley. We had an art and craft display of the Outdoor Learning Programme, John Muir Award and Volunteering 2014. Many thanks to everyone for making it a very positive occasion and to Apley Castle Cakes for our refreshments.

Volunteers help out in a Task Force day

  One Tuesday per month, SGCT volunteers help the Trust in smaller, though equally important tasks. Today, our volunteer, Mac, sharpened and lubricated our loppers which have had alot of use in the past 4 months with coppicing and hedge-laying. While Lisa, Marilyn and...

New Leaflets

Click on the links to view the leaflets: new walking leaflets, a find out more leaflet and our Legacy...

Leaflet dispensers installed for the new trails

Today we installed leaflet dispensers on our finger posts around the Gorge for our new trails. Here we have Nathan at the entrance to Severn Valley Way at the start of the Lime Trail.

Gift vouchers available

It's not too late to buy a gift voucher for your Mum/ Grandmum as a Mother's Day gift. There are lots of exciting workshops and walks still available in this year's Outdoor Learning Programme. You may book a specific workshop or let her choose her own. For more...

Sheep Moving!

We have been carrying out some routine treatments on the flock of Soay sheep that graze our meadows, they are due to start lambing soon. Watch this space!

Fallen Trees!

We have been out and about clearing fallen trees that have blocked paths. If you notice a fallen tree or one you think is dangerous please give us a call on 01952 433880.

New leaflets

Click on the links to view the leaflets: new walking leaflets, a find out more leaflet and our Legacy...

Jiggers Bank Rockface inspection

Vertical Access Ltd have just carried out their bi-annual abseil inspection of Jiggers Bank Rockface for SGCT above the concrete buttress installed in 2008 and further North -East. They coppice any vegetation to prevent it becoming too large, pull of any small loose...

Day out with the Soays!

The 'Lookerers', who are the Trust's Volunteer Shepherds, spent yesterday out with the flock of Soay sheep, owned by Harry and Gill Pettit.  The ewes are due to lamb soon and so a vaccination to immunise both the ewe and lamb against tetanus, pulpy kidney and lamb...

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The launch of our new trail leaflets made it into the Shropshire Star on Tuesday night! To view the article click here

Hedge finished

The 400m of hedge along Oilhouse Coppice (Rough Park Way) which the volunteers have been laying for 7 weeks has been completed this morning in the sunshine! Five volunteers finished off  facing the stakes and laid a dead hedge with the cut brash. Well done to over 33...

Oilhouse Coppice hedge laid by Volunteers

If you walk along Rough Park Way, from Coalbrookdale towards Telford, you may see a 400m newly laid hedge at the end of Oilhouse Coppice. This has been completed during January and February by the Trust's Thursday volunteering group.   Additionally, the willow...

New Trail leaflets

The Trust has launched a new set of leaflets. We have 4 new walking leaflets: The Iron Trail, The Sabbath Walks Trail, The Lime Trail and Ironbirdge to Blistshill Victorian Town. We also have a Find Out More leaflet and a Legacy leaflet....

High wind and bad weather

If you come across a fallen tree or anything else that looks dangerous, please ring the Trust on 433880.

Annual Review 2011/12

It gives me much pleasure to write my first foreword as Chair of Severn Gorge Countryside Trust; it is an honour and privilege to take on such a role.

Annual Review 2010/11

2010/11 was another busy and successful year for the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust.

Annual Review 2008/09

This year has been the last year of the current 3 year volunteer programme, funded through Heritage Lottery.

Annual Review 2007/08

The Trust is perhaps unique in that it manages over 50% by area of the land within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

Annual Review 2006/7

2007 has seen the Trust complete one of its largest ever projects on the ground at Workhouse Coppice and Benthall Edge.

Annual Review 2006

2006 has been a year of real success, some significant changes and a sense of increasing pace of change and professionalism within the organisation.