The former car breaker’s yard, which closed down after 50 years, lies upon one of Britain’s largest peatbogs, known as the Marches Mosses. However, it is covered in 100,000 tyres, thousands of litres of disused oil and tonnes of wing mirrors and bumpers, which all need to be removed before it can be restored for nature.
The Marches Mosses is a vast and extremely wildlife-rich landscape which spans nearly 950 hectares on the Shropshire-Cheshire border and is an internationally important peatbog – one of the rarest habitats on earth. Designated as a Special Area of Conservation, the individual parts of the Marches Mosses are National Nature Reserves managed by Natural England.
In order to return the former scrapyard site to a condition where wildlife can thrive, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, with specialist help, now needs to clean up 50 years’ worth of waste and clear out several oil sump pits before covering the site with peat and allowing the bog habitat to regenerate, so that species such as sundew (a carnivorous plant), cotton grass and curlews can return.
To find out more and to donate visit https://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/scrapyardchallenge