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New group meets to protect Wrekin
Walkers on The Wrekin
There are plans to upgrade the main path on The Wrekin
A new group has been formed to help protect The Wrekin in Shropshire.

The Wrekin Forest Partnership, which met for the first time this week, highlighted three priorities including its opposition to opencast mining.

Other issues include the upgrade of the hill's communications mast and improving access to the landmark.

UK Coal has submitted a plan to mine nearly a million tonnes of coal from a site near The Wrekin which has sparked controversy among some local people.

The group, which is chaired by the former judge Michael Mander, includes the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, representatives from local authorities and walkers.

It wants The Wrekin to be more accessible for tourists but is keen to make sure any upgrade to the main path does not cause any lasting harm.

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