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Volunteers Clear Up Only Meadows after Storms & Floods

The volunteer work groups at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have been working hard over the last few weeks on a storm and flood clear up mission after Storms Ciara and Dennis caused a great deal of mess around the site.

The Onny Meadows are natural flood plains so the team at the Centre are no strangers to the sight of washed away paths and fallen down fences and clear up missions have been carried out on numerous occasions in the past.

The Onny Meadows Group meet every Friday morning and for the last couple of weeks have been working on repairing the washed away all ability access path to the popular picnic spot, Kingfisher Corner. The Habitat Helpers meet on the first Sunday morning of every month and have been working on clearing away all of the mess brought in by the floods from around the trees and fences throughout the site. The floods also washed in lots of rubbish and plastic so volunteers have been helping to clear that away and recycle it correctly.

Centre Manager, Grant Wilson, says “Storm Dennis brought destruction to large parts of Shropshire and the beautiful Onny Meadows did not escape its effect.

Our fences were knocked down by the force of the water, pathways were damaged, trees uprooted and the bridge into the play area was swept away.

As soon as the floods receded, the Discovery Centre volunteer groups sprang into action trying to repair the damage and restore the areas to their former beauty.

Work began last week with a big clean up followed by a day re-laying all the paths which provide access to all the beautiful spots in the meadows. Their attention is now turning to removing all the fallen trees and repairing damaged fencing, so that our visitors will be able to enjoy our meadows at their best.

If you love the outdoors and would like to give something back to your community, why not come and join one of our volunteer groups? Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get some exercise and connect with nature. There may even be cake!”


Entry to the Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows is free but there is a charge for visitors to enjoy our Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition and visit our mammoth. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The unique grass roofed building houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food. Browse our extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and school holiday we provide hands-on family activities.

For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk