Shropshire

Wenlock Edge quarry views sought by National Trust

People have been asked for their views about three disused quarries at a Shropshire beauty spot.

A public meeting was held on Tuesday at the Priory Hall, Much Wenlock, about the sites at Wenlock Edge.

The National Trust said it hoped to acquire the quarries from their owners "in the near future".

Providing climbing activities and canoeing are among the ideas for the sites, which might also be left to fill up with plant and animal life.

The National Trust's countryside, parkland and gardens manager for south Shropshire, Peter Carty, said possibilities included allowing the disused quarries "to regenerate naturally to fill up with wild flowers".

He added: "They'd fill up with wildlife, but there's a potential to do more."

Mr Carty said the National Trust wanted to discuss ideas before going to its trustees to decide the preferred way to move forward.

About 70,000 people visit Wenlock Edge each year, Mr Carty said.

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