Who We Are
The “LLIMEYS” as we are commonly known, is a group of people who have come together with the common interest of preserving Llanymynech Limeworks for future generations.
The Limeworks ceased operations in 1914, about the time of the outbreak of WWI and lay derelict for decades before being purchased from the Earl of Bradford’s estate by Shropshire Council in 1970. The limestone quarries were leased by the Earl of Bradfords estate to the Shropshire Wildlife Trust (English quarry) and the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (Welsh quarry).
The Hoffmann kiln and Chimney and the two Draw kilns next to it were given Grade II listed building status on 21 October 1987 and the Limeworks was declared a Scheduled Monument on 14 July 2006. On 28 September 2020 the Limeworks was awarded Local Nature Reserve status.
2006 to 2009 saw large scale conservation works carried out with a grant from the Lottery Heritage fund and English Heritage. Since then, the site has been largely maintained by the efforts of our volunteers.
The Llanymynech Limeworks is a very diverse site, needing many skill sets and specialist knowledge to manage effectively. Below are just some of the areas that we need help with:
- Monitoring and recording of a wide and varied range of flora
- Monitoring and recording of our fauna and liaising with:
- Shropshire Wildlife Trust
- Small Mammals groups
- Moth and Butterfly groups
- Bat Groups etc.
- Liaison with Disabled Groups
- Work with groups to promote the benefits of open-air access
- Work with Shropshire Council to provide access for all
- Organising Open Days and developing fund raising opportunities such as:
- Art events
- Photography events
- Fungal forays
- Wildflower identification
- Bird box and bug hotel building
- Publicity and links with organisations such as:
- Women’s Institutes
- History groups
- Youth groups
- Geology groups
- Art and Photography groups
- Canal groups
- Schools etc.
- Lime burning demonstrations using our purpose-built mini kiln
Below are links to a more detailed volunteer description and our vacant committee roles
The role of Website Admin is currently filled, but if you are knowledgeable in the area of website building and upkeep please let us know.
We are not able to offer remuneration or expenses for any of the volunteer positions at present.