About the Programme

The Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) and Nature Improvement Area (NIA) are two of the most ambitious and significant programmes in recent times for these parts of north Shropshire and south Cheshire.  These programmes complement each other and are being delivered by a partnership of 10 organisations from the charitable, statutory and local authority sectors.  The lead partner and accountable body is Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and the team leading the delivery is based at their offices in Shrewsbury.  Partners appear at the bottom of each web page.  Find details of their involvement in the programme by clicking on the logos.

The Heritage Lottery Funded LPS is focusing on delivering improvements for conservation, raising awareness of the landscape of the project area, engaging communities, improving access and providing opportunities for people to learn skills associated with the landscape. The conservation work is focused on improving three Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI) (Cole Mere, White Mere and Brown Moss).  Local communities are being engaged to help with this work.  Heritage conservation work will see the 2nd World War RAF control tower at Prees Heath Common Reserve being restored by Butterfly Conservation.  Advice is available to local landowners and farmers with a focus on nutrient management to help protect vulnerable sites and farm grants are also available.  There are many projects focused on communities and people to help engage local populations in the landscape and community grants are available to help villages, parishes and independent groups deliver projects in their area.  New circular walks have been created from the existing Shropshire Way and Sandstone Trail routes to allow better access to the Meres & Mosses landscape.  Volunteers have been engaged to help with habitat and wildlife surveys and a wide variety of events are planned throughout the year.  There is much more going on than we can print here, so keep an eye out for our events and news pages.  The LPS programme will run until November 2017.

The NIA is a Defra funded programme, one of only 12 selected in 2012 from over 70 applications.  It is focused on making better places for nature, people and communities.  By improving and protecting core sites, and connecting them by restoring the wetland habitats in and around them, we can build stepping stones across the landscape whose high quality habitats provide both better conditions for wildlife and the capacity for species to move from one core site to another.  For example, we are working on the sites like Wem Moss and Crosemere to re-establish the important wetland features that make sites like these so special whilst also working to engage local communities and provide information about our plans.  Sites of former mosses and peatlands have been identified and we are working with landowners to restore them as stepping stones.  An example of this is Blakenhall Moss in Cheshire, where the programme has provided the resources for Cheshire Wildlife Trust to remove trees and begin to return it to its former status as a raised lowland bog.  The core funding for the NIA programme will run until March 2015, and the programme of works will run until at least 2020.



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