50 years of conservation on Long Mynd
In 1965 the National Trust acquired much of the Long Mynd. Since then the National Trust has worked hard to restore the condition of the hill and now we are planning for the next 50 years.
Over the years the National Trust has worked closely with the Long Mynd Commoners Association to reduce the overgrazing of the hill. The overgrazing was causing significant damage to the hill, so the numbers of sheep had to be reduced. In doing this the heathland has been restored, and the heather has flourished.
However, there is still a long way to go; we need to look at plant diversity on the hill, and find ways to help support species of plant and animal that are struggling. We need to become better connected to other countryside areas like Stiperstones, so that we do not become an island.
This video will tell you all about what we've done over the past 50 years, and what we hope to achieve over the next 50.