Published: December 31st, 2017 3:56pm

National Trust News - January 2018

New from the National Trust, Carding Mill Valley

Tea Room Closure

Early in January we will begin some internal work on our Chalet Pavilion. According to our Visitor Experience Manager, Swantje Staar, the tearoom, which is a favourite gathering place for walkers, runners, locals and families, is in need of a facelift. During the first phase we will open up the space by putting in a freestanding double-sided fireplace that invites visitors to gather around and relax. The

back room of the pavilion will be separated off by a movable glass wall, which can be opened up or closed depending on function needs. The tearoom will also be spruced up with a new floor, which will give a warmer ambience.

During the structural building works – estimated to take from 8th – 18th Jan – the tearoom will remain closed, however we will be operating a takeaway service from the ice cream kiosk during this period.

New Car Parking Fees - From January 2018 car parking fees will be increased to £3.00 throughout the winter months (Nov – Feb) and £4.50 during the main season (March – Oct.. As always, NT members park free, but you still need to obtain a free ticket from the machine to display in your car. If you are a Church Stretton resident you are welcome to ask for a free residents parking permit in the shop (please bring proof of address & a photo ID).

Learning Team - Can You Help Inspire the Next Generation?

The Learning Team at Carding Mill Valley is looking to increase its volunteer numbers. If you like the idea of doing some outdoor fieldwork, teaching at primary or secondary level, do come and have a chat with Tom, Malcolm or Rob about what we do. We teach many different topics, including river studies, geology, habitats, landscape evolution, as well as management and tourism. We also offer guided walks in the valley, and tours of Wilderhope Manor and farm on Wenlock Edge.

We don’t ask for a regular weekly commitment. Volunteers can choose the days they wish to offer.

Email, or take a look at our website: for further information.

We hope to see you soon!

Project with Stokesay Primary School

Earlier this year we were asked to join in with a project involving 20 children from year 5 at Stokesay Primary School. This was funded by the Shropshire Hills AONB and also involved an artist and a musician. The first of the 3 days was spent at Carding Mill, with the children enjoying stream-dipping, identifying bugs and going on a geological/historical walk in the valley. The art work and music activities that followed were based on what had been experienced or discovered at Carding Mill.

As one teacher remarked: ‘The whole experience really opened their eyes to the environment, and considering we live in a rural area, it was surprising how many new experiences the children took part in through our day at Carding Mill’. It is hoped the project can be repeated, if funding is available.

Upcoming Events

Thu 22 Feb 2018 + Fri 23 Feb Making Bird Feeders – 11.00am – 3.00pm

Help out our feathered friends at a tough time of the year for them. Join our Ranger team in the tea room at Carding Mill Valley, who will help you to make your own log or pine cone bird feeder to hang in your garden. All materials will be supplied, just bring your enthusiasm. £2.00pp. Booking not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Sat 24 Feb 2018 Stars in Your Skies – The Nature of the Moon – 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Do you think you know our moon? Our popular Stars series returns for 2018 with a focus on everything lunar. The first Stars of the year in the Chalet Paviion concentrates on the nature of the moon, how it was formed and how it influenced earth's geology, oceans, life, myths, legends and science. As usual there will be soup and a roll included in the ticket price, with teas and coffees available to purchase as well. If conditions are suitable there will be opportunity for observing at the end of the session. Booking essential (0344 249 1895). £10pp. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Please bring binoculars and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

FOR A FULL LIST OF EVENTS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE – see below under ‘Links’ for web address.

TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EVENTS BOOKINGS: 0344 249 1895 (unless otherwise stated)