Fire fighters rescued a woman in Broseley after she was left clutching at tree roots when a 30ft hole opened up under her feet this afternoon.
Carer Jayne Arnell, 49, was visiting a client when the garden path collapsed into a huge hole.
She was left precariously balanced on a ledge, holding on to tree roots while fire fighters released her.
"I am just in a state of shock. If I hadn't fallen to one side I wouldn't be here now," she said.
She was rescued by a fire crew from Much Wenlock after she phoned colleagues on her mobile phone.
- See tomorrow's Shropshire Star for more on this story