Shropshire

Fifty years of dumped waste in Shropshire to be cleaned up

Scrapyard Image copyright Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Image caption About £500,000 is needed to clean up the tyres, wing mirrors, bumpers and other car parts

A former breakers' yard which lies in a conservation area and closed after 50 years leaving 100,000 tyres and car parts behind, is to be cleaned up.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust wants to restore the 15-acre site as an area of wildlife-rich peat bog.

It is launching a public appeal to help convey the site back to nature.

The scrapyard lies on the Marches Mosses, a wetlands area which crosses the Shropshire and Cheshire border.

Image copyright Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Image caption The scrapyard is right on the edge of the Marches Mosses, a wildlife-rich area spanning Shropshire and Cheshire
Image copyright Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Image caption Sump oil pits, tyres and other items in the yard will have to be professionally moved and cleaned

The trust has bought the scrapyard but said it will have to get specialist help to clean it up.

It currently contains 100,000 tyres, tonnes of wing mirrors and bumpers and oil sump pits.

Once cleaned, the site will be covered with peat allowing the bog habitat to regenerate.

The trust said it needs to raise about £500,000 to clean and manage the land.

Four years ago, the government gave the wildlife trust a grant of more than £500,000 to help maintain the wetlands and make them more accessible.

Image copyright Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Image caption The Marches Meres and Mosses nature reserve was one of 12 across the country to be named Nature Improvement Areas as part of a £7.5m government scheme in 2012

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