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Reception Class Visit the Haycop

During the last few weeks of November 2016 two classes of reception children from Broseley CE School came down to the Haycop to help collect crabapples and carry out a nature walk around the pond and the Forest School area.  At the end of the visit they sat around a camp fire and drank hot apple juice with crabapple jelly and oatcakes.  Some of the children are pictured below with Mrs Passey the Headteacher


Vote for The Haycop!

The Haycop Conservation Group have recently submitted a bid for an ‘Everybody  Active’ grant.  If successful we will use the money to improve the footpaths and signage around the site to encourage more visitors to make use of the Haycop for exercise.  Sixteen other groups within Broseley have also submitted bids for an ‘Everybody Active’ grant and there will be a public vote to determine which ones are successful.  Voting will take place between 21st and 26th November 2016 and anyone over the age of 8 who lives, works or goes to School in Broseley and/or Barrow will be able to vote.  Between 21st and 25th November, votes can be cast at Downes Shop and the Library.  On 26th November, during the Christmas lights switch on event, votes can be cast at the Victoria Hall, 3-6 p.m. and 7-9.30 p.m.  People will be asked to choose their top 3 projects only. Please support the Haycop in the public vote!

Year 6 Help Out on The Haycop

At the end of October 2016 Year 6 pupils from Broseley CE Primary School came down to help out on the Haycop.  Along with their teachers, they helped  to clear up the cut brambles along the top of the bridleway.  The pupils all worked very hard and made a big difference to tidying up this part of the Haycop.  Adrian Miles Chair of the Haycop Conservation Group was very impressed with the work carried out saying that the children had completed as much, if not more, than an adult working party would have done in the same time.


Forest School Fire Pit Vandalised

In the summer of 2016 Broseley Scouts carried out much needed refurbishment to the Forest School fire pit.  Unfortunately, this September vandals have undone this work, removing and smashing the concrete slabs that had been installed to create a safe fire pit.  If anyone has any information regarding the damage that has been caused to the fire pit could you please contact the Haycop Management Committee via our e-mail address (

 Annual Meadow Cut 1st October 2016

Despite atrocious weather conditions a very brave band of volunteers ventured forth on Saturday 1st October to help complete the meadow cut. The management committee would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out and got thoroughly soaked in the cause of helping to maintain the wild flower meadow.

Annual Haycop Open Day 2nd July 2016

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A big thank you to everyone on came along to support our annual open day on Saturday 2nd July. The presence of of the Chelmarsh Rescued Owls, three of which are pictured above, were a most welcome addition to the usual attractions including; folk musicians, craft stalls, pond dipping, face painting, woodland crafts and Simon Gibbon’s pork baps.

The Haycop Benifits from Taylor Wimpey Grant

Thanks to a donation of £500 from Taylor Wimpey’s Small Grant Fund it has been possible to begin work on repairing some of the footpaths around the Haycop Nature Reserve. On Saturday 11th July a working party made improvements to the path leading down from the Down Well to the pond.  Members of the working party are pictured at the pond with Gaenor Rowney from Taylor Wimpey and Craig Baker from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.


Spring on the Haycop 2016

Severn Gorge Countryside Trust Help at the Haycop

The Haycop Management Committee is grateful for help that we received, in clearing a new ride through the Haycop, from Cadi Price, Community Development Officer for the Severn Gorge Conservation Trust, and her group of volunteers. who provided two days work on the Haycop during February 2016


Other recent work has involved the fitting of a metal gate to give easier access to maintain a culvert which drains excess water off site.  The gate was made and supplied by Broseley Mayor, Simon Harris, and installed by volunteers.