After months of planning, those of us involved with co-ordinating / leading on the National Trust’s response to ash die back met in Shropshire to discuss our response to the Government’s Ash Dieback plan. You can follow the links in the previous sentence to find about that story but here I thought I would share a few pictures of some fantastic places we saw during our meeting.
The view from the Board Room at the Trust’s Attingham House property
Veteran tree in the parkland
And another one
The ash dieback team
Fallow deer in the Park
We stayed overnight in Church Stratton at the Long Mynd Hotel – another room with a view and lots of snow!
A black and white panorama
After more meetings with colleagues from the Woodland Trust we departed for Wenlock Edge one of our most important ash woods which could be affected by the disease to discuss options for the future.
Serious snow has fallen here in the last few days – maybe 12″ and drifts by the road of over 6′ – we were lucky to get there and then get out!
Snow on Wenlock Edge
Conclusion – Shropshire is well worth a visit – The Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, the Wrekin – lots of NT properties – I’ll be heading back for another visit – perhaps after the snow has gone!
You can follow the local NT team’s exploits on Wenlock Edge here in their blog
and a multi author book on the place is available here.