Seeking your views on the future development of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors 2018-28 sets out the strategic direction for the management and development of publically accessible greenspace, Rights of Way and other access in the Unitary Authority area of Shropshire, aiming to inspire action to improve health, prosperity and happiness by cherishing Shropshire’s Great Outdoors. The strategy fulfils the statutory requirement of a Rights of Way Improvement Plan but broadens this remit to deliver across multiple policy areas and integrate activity across Local Authority services and partner organisations.

This is a draft strategy, developed in partnership with a range of key organisations and users and informed by data analysis and research.

We want to ensure that this strategy is going to meet the needs of those people who use the publically owned outdoor assets and the wider population and would welcome your views.This consultation will be open for 3 months until 31st July 2018. Please find the strategy and consultation here.

Exciting New Development Hopes for Swan Hill, Ellesmere.

Shropshire Council are hoping to develop a project at the disused Swan Hill depot and want to survey our visitors and the local community about the Mere at Ellesmere Country park and to rate a number of development ideas.

Our thoughts are to develop the disused Countryside depot site at Swan Hill into a new water sports centre and to include an all-weather indoor play facility within a Meres & Mosses interpretation centre and café.  The aim of the project would be twofold; to develop and promote The Mere at Ellesmere as an Outdoor Recreation Centre and ‘Gateway to the Meres & Mosses’ by creating more outdoor recreational opportunities to deliver an all year-round tourist destination at the Country Park and to increase visitor numbers out of the main spring and summer seasons. Secondly, to use the proposed new facilities to raise visitor awareness of the important Meres & Mosses landscape.

To have your say or to give further ideas for development please fill in this online survey.

Join Shropshire’s Great Outdoors membership scheme today!

Become a member of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors membership scheme and support the Country Parks and Sites across Shropshire that you love!

Not only will you be helping to protect the future of Shropshire’s beautiful countryside, but you will also receive some amazing member benefits, including:

To see the full membership offer or to become a member of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors, click here.

 

Come and enjoy everything that Shropshire’s Great Outdoors has to offer

Discover the fantastic countryside, exceptional views and wonderful wildlife. Explore our Country Parks, heritage sites and play areas or get active on over 5,600 km’s of Public Rights of Way (that’s the same distance as Shrewsbury to New York… on your doorstep!).

Shropshire has many special landscapes including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country crossing the border in the south west of the county and the internationally important Meres and Mosses in the north. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site also includes part of Shropshire around Chirk in the north.

On this website you will find lots of promoted routes for walking, cycling and riding across the county, from The Shropshire Way to Walking with Offa. Plus there are details of other fantastic activities you can do in the great outdoors, from archery to paragliding!

If you are looking for inspiration about where to go or what to do, the Top Experiences pages suggest a wide range of activities for all ages that highlight the incredible wildlife and history of Shropshire… or might just be fun!

Wherever you go and whatever you decide to do, we hope you enjoy Shropshire ‘s Great Outdoors!