A healthy walk to see Shropshire's nature at its best

Members of the Abbots Wood Walking for Health Group enjoyed seeing the improvements to the Monkmoor River Ground at their latest meeting.

Shrewsbury Town Council’s Countryside and Greenspace Team planted more than 3,000 trees at the Monkmoor River Ground this winter and spring.

Now the trees are beginning to take hold and transform the area.

Matt Wilcoxon, countryside and green space manager for the town council, showed the Walking for Health group around the nature reserve.

The walking for health group meets each Thursday at 1.30pm at the Abbots Wood Day Centre with different walks each week.


They are led by a trained walk leader and at a pace that suits everyone.

Those going along are asked to wear sensible footwear.

Explaining about the Monkmoor River Ground, Mr Wilcoxon said: “When we started the planting last year, we had a great turnout from volunteers and local schools, but due to the current coronavirus restrictions we haven’t been able to work with the local community as we would like.”

He said added that after a year since the original hedgerow was planted, town council staff had noticed signs of new wildlife.

“It’s a fabulous effort by everyone involved and once Covid restrictions have been lifted, we will have more tree planting projects that people can get involved with next winter.”

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