A quick round-up of this weeks key green news from around Shropshire.

Wellington blossoming again with launch of gardening competition

Wellington is set to prove that it is blossoming again after lockdown, with the second annual gardening competition being launched. Green fingered residents of the town are being encouraged to enter the contest, organised by the Love Wellington campaign. Sally Themans of Love Wellington explained that there had been such a good response to the inaugural event last year that it was decided to repeat it… Read the full article by Shropshire Live HERE

Apley Farm Shop installs new solar array enabling 100% of energy to be produced from renewables

Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth made a huge step towards its net zero carbon goal this week, by installing a new solar array next to the car park. The state of the art panels installed by Noble Green Energy, took just over a week to install, and will produce just over 90% of the complexes … READ MORE

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Call to electrify rail line between Shropshire and Black Country

The rail line between Shropshire and the Black Country could be electrified, under plans from a transport group, in a bid to speed up services and boost the local economy. Midlands Connect said upgrading the route would benefit both journey times and the environment. It said by increasing the number of local services, trains would also see fewer passengers fighting for seats. The move has been welcomed by local councils and MPs… Read the full article by BBC News HERE

Campaign launched to encourage public to plant more trees and flowers

Government drive comes ahead of key nature and climate summits this year. People are being urged to plant more trees and flowers as part of efforts to tackle climate change and nature loss in a new Government campaign.The push – backed by the Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, National Trust, Horticultural Trades Association and Royal Horticultural Society – is also encouraging the public to restore community spaces and get out into nature… Read the full article by The Shropshire Star HERE

Killer tree disease task force team set up by Telford and Wrekin Council

A dedicated team is being set up by Telford and Wrekin Council to tackle the impact of Ash Dieback, a killer disease that could wipe out up to 35% of the counties trees. The disease was first recorded in the area in 2013. Ash Dieback is a fungus that is sweeping across the UK and … READ MORE

Eco house plan for Ironbridge Gorge granted planning permission

An eco-house can be built on garden land in the Ironbridge Gorge, after councillors voted to grant planning permission. Landowner Anthony Wiggins applied to build the three-bedroom home on land between Woodside and School Road, Coalbrookdale, and said the design was chosen to “nestle” it into the landscape and make it less intrusive… Read the full article by The Shropshire Star HERE

Farmers could be paid to retire in Government exit scheme

Land agent, Roger Parry and Partners is alerting farmers to Westminster Government plans to pay them to retire in order to bring new blood into the trade. Ministers hope the exit scheme, which is out for consultation, will create opportunities for a younger generation to own farmland.The average farmer could receive a lump sum payment of £50,000 as part of a massive overhaul of farm grants incentivising farmers to protect the environment… Read the full article by The Shropshire Star HERE

Lottery funding to support environmental youth groups in South Shropshire

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have recently secured National Lottery Heritage funding for their Young Rangers project. Encouraging 12-16 year olds to take part in a range of conservation, outdoor discovery and heritage activities around the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In addition to the school aged project a new Youth Voice for … READ MORE

Caterpillars cover Shropshire roundabout with stunning ‘silk’ web’

It is like a scene from a science fiction movie but have no fear – it is not aliens that have descended on Shropshire, this spectacular sight is thanks to the efforts of thousands of caterpillars. Anyone who has visited the Meole Brace Retail Park in Shrewsbury in recent days will have seen the incredible spectacle of a roundabout almost entirely covered in what appears – at first glance – to be mountains of spider web… Read the full article by The Shropshire Star HERE

Council creates dedicated climate change committee

Efforts to tackle the climate crisis have been ramped up by a town council with the creation of a dedicated committee. The Shrewsbury Town Council initiative was put forward by the authority’s leader Alan Mosley and received the backing of all members.Councillor Mosley said the issue of climate change was “critical to all our futures”, and needed more focus… Read the full article by The Shropshire Star HERE

Electric vehicle owners drive further than petrol and diesel drivers each year

Research also suggests more than two-thirds are happy with the charging infrastructure. Electric vehicle owners are proving range anxiety is nothing to worry about as they travel further than drivers of petrol and diesel cars each year. New research commissioned by Nissan suggests that European EV drivers travel up to 8,800 miles per year, compared with 8,450 miles for internal combustion-engined (ICE) cars. This regular longer distance driving appears to be bolstered by trust in the charging infrastructure, with 69 per cent saying they are happy with the number of charge points that are available…. Read the full article by The Shropshire Star HERE

Oakengates refill store to open its doors for the first time

A new zero waste refill store is opening on Tuesday 8th June 2021 in Oakengates Telford. Based on the top floor of Oakengates Indoor Mall, Turtley Eco will be opening its doors for the first time after months of hard work by owner Zoe. Early this year, Zoe decided to take the plunge and start … READ MORE

Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot