Invitation, events and walks

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Date: October 2023

 Events and Walks

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Invitation for farmers and landowners

Fipl Nov event

Following the success of the recent summer event at Teddesley Park Farm, farmer Mary Cope and Colin Manning of Cannock Chase AONB invite you to visit Beaudesert Park Farm on 29th November 2023. There will be an informal farm tour to see how Farming in Protected Landscapes funding is helping Mary and the farm. The tour will show how opportunities for funding is helping Mary evolve how she farms and diversifies her business. There will also be a talk given by Faye Edwards from Linking Education and Farming (LEAF) on how farmers can develop their education provision, connect with communities whilst also generating an income. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Book your place with Colin now

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Calling all Horse Riders


Are you a horse rider? If the answer is yes we would like to understand how we can improve the experience of all horse riders onto Cannock Chase. It would be really appreciated if you could spend just  a few minutes of your time to complete this survey to help to inform us how we can better help you.

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Mindfulness walk

New Mindfulness Trail

Forestry England is inviting visitors to Cannock Chase Forest to take a mindful walk through the woodland during the autumn to take care of their physical and mental health with the new Forestry England wellbeing trail. The self-led trail of 1.8km winds through the trees, encouraging visitors to pause, unplug and mindfully reconnect with nature as they walk. The sensitively designed trail has themed panels winding through the trees inviting visitors to slow down, notice and absorb the woodland landscape as they walk. The walk can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the Visitor Centre.

Invertebrate Scrapes


The lowland heathland which forms a significant part of the habitat on Cannock Chase holds important invertebrate populations.  One of the most important groups are bees, wasps, and ants. By removing the vegetation and exposing south-facing warm, sandy, and bare earth areas, we are creating more nesting areas for some special invertebrates which you may have noticed when out on a walk. Solitary bees and wasps of these habitats do not form colonies, but live in burrows dug into sandy ground. The scrapes will also benefit the reptiles that live on the Chase, using them as basking areas. Over time the bare ground will slowly vegetate over, creating a mosaic of ages of heathland plants which would previously have been produced by grazing livestock. The variety of heights and structures in plants supports a wider range of wildlife than a uniform growth. This is something that has been done over the last 3-4 years by the Staffordshire County Council Countryside Officers.

Become an AONB Advisor

Landscape Planning Officer

Could you make a difference to one of England’s finest landscapes? The Cannock Chase National Landscape Partnership is looking to invite new advisors to its governing body – the Joint Committee.

As a non-voting partner, your voluntary role will be to advise and influence policies and actions to ensure that the natural beauty of Cannock Chase is conserved and enhanced, and that the designated landscape continues to benefit local residents, businesses and visitors.

We want to be a more diverse and inclusive partnership.  We are keen to hear from individuals or organisations who feel that they can represent and speak for a range of people in different sectors and interests in the area including black and ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ groups, young people and education, the arts, health and wellbeing, climate change.

To find out more and how to apply to be an advisor please contact Ian Marshall.

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Keep your eyes peeled

A rusty grenade found on Cannock Chase has been destroyed. The grenade was found by a member of the public and the Army's bomb disposal unit was called to the scene, Staffordshire Police said. It was identified as a Mills Bomb Grenade, used by the British military during both World Wars. Despite its old, rusty appearance, the force said it could still have been dangerous. The grenade was most likely left over from the days of RAF Hednesford, a training school based in the area from 1939 until the 1950s, officers added. It was destroyed in a controlled explosion. 

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