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Country parks to benefit from £90,000 investment

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Four of Shropshire’s country parks are to benefit from a share of an almost £90,000 investment fund.

The Mere in Ellesmere, Battlefield Heritage Site in Shrewsbury, Eardington Nature Reserve, near Bridgnorth, and Lyth Hill Local Nature Reserve in Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, are all set to see improvements that will enhance visitor experiences and improve biodiversity.

The Mere, Ellesmere

The Mere, Ellesmere

The investment is possible due to Shropshire Council’s development team and outdoor partnerships team working together to secure funding from the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Lyth Hill Local Nature Reserve, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury

Lyth Hill Local Nature Reserve, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council aims to make the sites more accessible for all visitors, including those with additional needs.

New paths will be created and existing ones improved to allow access for wheelchair users; and new welcome and direction signs will be developed, including the use of tactile elements.

Eardington Nature Reserve, near bridgnorth

Eardington Nature Reserve, near Bridgnorth

There will also be a number of developments that will enhance the biodiversity of the sites, including the creation of ponds, tree planting and sowing flower rich meadows, along with measures to protect ecologically sensitive areas.

Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and digital, said:-

“This is a significant investment and it is thanks the work of our council the funds have been secured.

“The investment will help make the country parks more accessible to everyone; and I hope the improved infrastructure will entice more people to enjoy time in the countryside, which is a great way to increase physical activity levels, improve mental health and increase understanding of the natural environment.

“The ponds, tree-planting and meadows, as well as enhancing the landscape, will also provide important ecological benefits and improve natural habitats.”