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Big Give Green Garage Sale

Big Give Green Garage Sale

Our ‘Big Give Green Garage Sale’ is coming up soon on Sunday 23rd April 10-2pm at the Trust Office, Darby Road, Coalbrookdale TF8 7EP. So pop along to grab a bargain. There will be bird boxes, planters, charcoal, cakes, crafts and bric-a-brac and much more. All donations will go to support our ‘Ponds, Newts and Shoots’ project supported by the Big Give Green Match Fund.
So show your support for YOUR local envrironment and Double your Donation in the process.
Coronation Celebration

Coronation Celebration

Come and join us at Coalport Community Orchard on Sunday 7th May, 11am to 1pm to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III.

We will be unveiling a new chainsaw carved commemorative bench, running some fun family activities, including making your own pot to plant a seed, making  flower crowns and planting a new fruit tree to honour the king, all with delicious refreshments!

All are welcome and we hope to promote the use of the community orchard. Come along and join the fun, which is made possible thanks to Telford & Wrekin Council’s The King’s Coronation Celebration Fund.

The event is FREE but so we have an idea of numbers please book your place via Eventbrite  Coronation Celebration Booking

This event will be followed up in the Autumn/Winter with a series of tree planting sessions.

About Telford & Wrekin Council’s The King’s Coronation Celebration Fund

Telford & Wrekin Council is the local authority for the Telford and Wrekin borough in Shropshire. It is an award winning co-operative council and its approach is informed by the views and voices of local residents, communities and partners.

Its The King’s Coronation Celebration Fund was set aside in 2023 to help communities across the Borough to mark the momentous occasion of The Coronation of Kings Charles III.


The Big Give Green Match Fund

The Big Give Green Match Fund

The Trust is very excited to have been selected to participate in the Big Give Green Match Fund.

We will be raising money for our project, Ponds, Newts and Shoots. Donations to this project will be matched for 7 days from 20-27 April 2023 #WorldEarthDay.

One donation, twice the impact.

What happens during the Green Match Fund?

Donations made to our project via theBigGive.org.uk will be doubled during the campaign. If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Green Match Fund, when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference to us.


Staff & Trustees Statement – Woodland Management

Staff & Trustees Statement – Woodland Management

Severn Gorge Countryside Trust (SGCT) Woodland Management  and Tree Works at Dale and Lloyds Coppice

Statement from Staff and Trustees

  1. The Trust acknowledges that it could have communicated the proposed tree works better and had not appreciated the strength of feeling the marking of the trees would create within the local community. We apologise for this oversight.
  2. The Trust owes a Duty of Care under the Occupiers Liability Act and takes that responsibility very seriously to do everything it reasonably can to keep visitors safe.
  3. The Trust has followed the approved Forestry Commission Management Plan and tree safety assessments by our arboriculture consultant in determining the tree works.
  4. The Trust has listened carefully to the views both in support and opposition to the proposed tree works.

 Staff and Trustees propose the following actions:

  • We will review and identify trees for retention, felling or tree surgery. We will aim to maintain where possible, practical and economically viable the visual appearance. The revised works to trees will be marked with tree tags.
  • We will submit a Section 211 notice (Planning Permission). A plan and schedule of the revised proposed tree works will be included in the application. We welcome the views of the local community via the planning process. (Not direct to SGCT). The link to the planning application will be posted on the SGCT website (www.severngorge.org.uk) and social media. No tree works will commence until planning permission is approved.
  • The Trust will communicate when the works will be undertaken at Dale Coppice and Lloyds Coppice if planning permission is granted.
  • Where openings in the canopy are created natural regeneration will be encouraged to ensure the long-term health of the woodland.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be developed and posted on the SGCT Website

A ‘Woodlands within Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site’ facilitated event will be arranged. This will enable the local community to put forward their views for consideration regarding future woodland management works throughout the Gorge. (Proposed for Autumn 2023).

Making hay while the sun shines!

Making hay while the sun shines!

We are making the most of this beautiful spell of dry weather and have started to cut the hay from our wildflower meadows.
Our contractror, Dave Gwilt (D J Gwilt,) will begin tedding today. Tedding is the next step in haymaking, the machine fluffs up the cut hay and allows the air and sun to contact the undersurfaces to promote drying.
Once the hay has been tedded and is nearly dry, it’s ready to rake. Raking turns the hay one more time to dry the bottom and forms it into a windrow ready to be baled.
Nathan and Paul, together with Dave Gwilt will be working hard over the next few days to ensure we can ‘make hay while the sun shines’