Shropshire Council, together with Natural England and the LLIMEYS has declared the Heritage Area as a LOCAL NATURE RESERVE (LNR). The Council issued a press release on 28 September in the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertiser.
As an LNR it will protect the site and its habitats so that local wildlife and the community will be able to continue to use and enjoy the area for generations to come. The recent (and ongoing) pandemic has shown how important the area is to locals and visitors from outside the area. The numbers of people visiting the area has increased dramatically, at weekends this can mean for a very busy car park!
Google maps is a very popular site for searches and the Limeworks regularly receives over 10,000 views during a 28 day period. Many people leave reviews and we have a current rating of 4.6 (out of 5). Similarly, people also find us via Trip Advisor and again we have a very good rating 4.5 (out of 5).
The quarry area of the Limeworks is already a Nature Reserve managed by Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts. The focus for the LNR is on the lower area and encompasses the buildings, tramways, woods and meadows.
Management of the LNR is the responsibility of Shropshire Council, who own the freehold for the site, but as a community, we will share the opportunity to help look after the site.
The area shown in red below is the boundary of the LNR