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Walkmill Meadows engages with artists and naturalists

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Walkmill Meadows, Market Drayton’s green oasis close to the Dalelands Estate, (grid reference SJ668332), may well have more visitors than usual in the future.

Whilst it has been a favoured location for local dog walkers and residents for countless years the site has generally not been that well known by others or easy to find. Towards the end of 2021, however, Shropshire Council staff erected sign posts at the start of the three main pathways that provide public access from Salisbury Hill View and Walkmill Road.

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The installation of the new sign posts may lead to more people enjoying the Meadows in the coming months but it is not the only recent development.

At a meeting of the town working group engaged in the development of Walkmill Meadows last November it was agreed that a new information board would be installed by the main entrance to inform visitors about the wide range of flora and fauna that can be seen. Another exciting development is the possibility of a range of creative activities that the local community can join in. A Shropshire arts collaboration of professional artists, storytellers and performers will hopefully be offering fun participatory events, for all ages that engage and connect with the special landscape. The events will promote health and well-being.

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Members of Shropshire Wildlife Trust have also indicated their willingness to run a number of events at the site this spring and summer. Whilst these will help members of the public obtain a deeper appreciation and understanding of its flora and fauna an important consideration is the protection of and safeguarding of the wildlife. Events currently under consideration include a dawn chorus walk, a pond dip and visits to see plants, moths and butterflies.

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Please keep watching the local media for more information on all the above activities.

Walkmill Meadows is currently managed by Shropshire Council under a ten year lease with Severn Trent Water, which provides £12,000 per annum to help meet salary costs and ongoing expenditure on site work. Although sections of the site can flood in lengthy periods of wet weather it is a normally a great place to visit to get away from the stresses of everyday life or simply to enjoy the countryside.

By Alan Cartwright

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