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Madeley Pitmounds LNR

Madeley Pitmounds LNR is a unique collection of five sites in Madeley, South Telford – approximately 44 hectares of distinctive wooded pitmounds which are linked historically and archaeologically and which are an important feature of the local landscape.  The five spatially separated but closely associated component sites have been designated as a single united Local Nature Reserve.

Madeley Pitmounds Local Nature Reserve includes two county wildlife sites, at Madeley Court and Tweedale Woods

Click here to see the Madeley Pitmounds Leaflet

Madeley Pitmounds Local Nature Reserve is publicly accessible open space with significant nature conservation, historical and social value that provide an outstanding and distinctive natural asset

The immediate surroundings comprise urban mosaic with numerous areas of local green space and woodland which are linked by a substantial Rights of Way network.

All of the component sites comprise similar habitats; predominantly mixed and broadleaf woodlands, which have grown over old pitmounds.  The pitmounds are important legacies of the significant contribution the Madeley area made to the nation’s industrial past and to the heritage of Telford and Ironbridge.  All sites are either within or near the boundary of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site which presents a fascinating summary of industrial development and impact. The sites are also locally important amenity and recreational resources providing opportunities for environmental education and enjoyment of nature and outdoor green space in an urban context.

The adoption of the site as a Local Nature Reserve has raised local awareness and enjoyment of the biodiversity and cultural heritage resources that are available, as well as providing an increased level of protection to ensure the preservation of the natural features for their special interest in a predominantly urbanised area.

Click here for background information:    Madeley Pitmounds LNR Consultation

Click here for:   Natural England Citation

 

Visitor information:

Opening:            Open every day of the year

Parking:              Free public car parks at Park Avenue, Court Street and Legges Way (see map)

Facilities:            Public toilets at High Street (open daily 9am-5pm, except Sunday)

Accessibility:    The nature of Pitmounds means that they are generally steep sided (step staircases) and footpaths are unsurfaced.  Tweedale Pitmound has no public Right of Way.

 

How to find the Reserve:  

Madeley Pitmounds LNR is centred on the town of Madeley in south Telford – OS Explorer Map 242
(Grid Reference 69688 04419)   –  Postcode TF7 5AH

Road – approach along A442 from North (Telford) and West (Shrewsbury), A4169 from East (Shifnal), B4373 from South (Ironbridge)

Rail – the nearest Railway station is Telford (4.5 miles) (Enquiries 03457 484950: www.nationalrail.co.uk

Bus Routes – Arriva Service 1, 2 , 4 & 96 www.arrivabus.co.uk

Useful contacts:  Madeley Town Council (01952 567280) www.madeleytowncouncil.gov.uk