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Celebrations in Shropshire Hills
The Long Mynd
Beacons are to be lit to celebrate 50 years of conservation
The South Shropshire Hills celebrate their fiftieth anniversary as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) this year.

Beacons are to be lit on the Long Mynd and Brown Clee on Sunday 13 January as the first of several special events.

The South Shropshire Hills cover an area from the Wrekin down to the Clun Valley and across to the Clee Hills.

Phil Holden, the Manager of the AONB, says it is an area of unique geology and cultural heritage.

Natural England

He said it was funded mostly by Natural England with a contribution from local authorities.

The money helped to pay for projects such as the 'Back to Purple' campaign on the Stiperstones which is restoring the natural heath land of the area.

Mr Holden said Sunday's beacon lighting was not a public event but people would be able to see them from a long distance away.

"Later on in the year there will be a range of events that people can get involved with to learn more about the area," he said.

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