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Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury

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The Shropshire Wildlife Trust is a wildlife trust covering the geographic county of Shropshire, England.Nature reservesThe trust cares for, or is associated with, 42 nature reserves (plus its headquarters in Shrewsbury – see next section) in the county:Many of these sites are owned by the Trust – the most recent acquisition by the Trust is Catherton Common, in the Clee Hills, which at 527 acres is the largest Wildlife Trust nature reserve in the West Midlands region. The Trust is currently fund-raising to purchase the leasehold of Pontesford Hill – it already owns the freehold, along with neighbouring Earl's Hill. In 2012 the Trust was seeking to purchase the gardens of Charles Darwin's family home at The Mount in Shrewsbury, so that they may be opened to the public.HeadquartersThe Trust has its main offices and visitor centre at 193 Abbey Foregate near the centre of Shrewsbury – they occupy the former "Shrewsbury Quest" museum, on the corner of Abbey Foregate and Old Potts Way, opposite The Abbey church. The site encompasses a restored medieval building known as the Old Infirmary and a 1730s building called Queen Anne House, as well as gardens, including a herb garden established when the site was the Shrewsbury Quest, and a fruit tree garden. The centre and its gardens is open to the public (usually Monday – Saturday) and has a shop as well as conference rooms available for hire. Many Trust-run events take place here, including children's events during the summer holidays. Every year the centre receives approximately 25,000 visitors.
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  • We had a very long drive and still had two hours to go. We needed a break, a drink and stretch our legs and headed into Shrewsbury hoping to find the quay but got hopelessly lost! We pulled into a car...  more »
  • We were very impressed with the selection of bird feeders on offer, and purchased a very elegant one for our son's christmas box. He was delighted with it. The people were very helpful and were prepar...  more »
  • Good shop selling all sorts of things related to wildlife including bird seed and all sorts of bird nest boxes. Second hand books as well. Small cafe. Interesting gardens. Good view of the abbey. Very...  more »
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  • Yesterday I hosted a 9-person 5-hour event in their conference centre, specifically the Garden Room, and it was LOVELY. The Garden Room has huge windows to let in lots of light and there was direct access to the garden, which we appreciated a lot. It was warm even though the weather was so cold. The refreshments provided were abundant and excellent quality, and they catered well for caffeine-free, vegan and gluten-free attendees. The manager was friendly and helpful, and overall we felt very well taken care of. Excellent, I wouldn't hesitate to host another event there.
  • The Cut Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury is a wonderful venue for meetings with convenient parking. The extremely friendly and helpful staff went out of their way to provide tasty snacks for guests with food intolerances. The Garden Room is comfortable and warm, even in winter, with views of and access to the edible garden. The garden itself has comfortable seating, pleasant surroundings and a good view of the Abbey. Our room had fast WiFi, plenty of chairs and tables for our 9 guests, with room for more people. There was adjustable heating and multiple power sockets. I'd recommend this to anyone and look forward to meeting there again.
  • Great customer service by the staff. Lovely public walled garden for picnics/exploring etc. Dog friendly visitor centre with a well stocked tidy shop and self service cafe. Lots of speciality wildlife products, bird food and lovely gifts available to buy. Staff are friendly and informative and can offer lots of advice and information on wildlife and history of the area. Several lovely conference rooms available to hire which are in a beautiful setting. The Wild Child corner is also a great place to take children to play. Worth a visit!
  • Great place to take little ones, lots to see and talk about and all for free.
  • AMazing location very near town centre with toilet and car park ! Would highly recommend!