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Launch of Onny Meadows Volunteer Work Group

Do you sometimes find yourself with spare time that you would like to put to good use? Do you want to get outside in your local community and make a difference?

Amanda Apps has recently joined the team here at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre as our Discovery Centre Ranger and is running work parties to assist with our exciting developments in the meadows. She says, “I just love preserving local areas, not just for us today but for future generations. I love the site here at the centre for its varied species and I am passionate about linking the local community, as part of the Grow Cook Learn ethos, to the diverse habitats here and to continue the success of the centre as a whole.”

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is now run by a charity, Grow Cook Learn with the main aim to connect people to the food, history and the landscape of the Shropshire Hills. We rely on grant funding and income from our visitors, as well as the kind help of our volunteers, to keep the centre open for all to enjoy. We have some volunteers that help one day a week in the shop, or the café and also have volunteers that are more keen to get outside and assist with works in the meadows. Amanda is running regular, monthly work parties for anyone that wants to assist with our work in the meadows and our car park etc. It is not required for volunteers to attend every session as we understand life can get busy! Should you not be able or do not want to commit to a session every month, we are running them on a casual basis.

Amanda launched the Onny Meadows Volunteer Work Group in June and had the first session with volunteers on Sunday 2nd July, working on a car park spruce up. The group meet on the first Sunday of every month at 10am at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and volunteers are welcome to leave early or come a little later should they want to. Amanda says, “We know people are busy so any time that anyone can spare is much appreciated and we’re very flexible with times people can do.”

For more information in the meantime or to register your interest for this or any other type of volunteering at the centre, contact us on 01588676060.

“It won’t be heavy work for those that don’t want to do too much, there will be something for all ages and abilities to join in with.”

Entry to the Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows is free but there is a charge for visitors to enjoy our Secret Hills 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