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New Manager appointed for Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre!

New Manager appointed for Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre!
Grow Cook Learn, local charity running the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, is delighted to announce the appointment of Grant Wilson as Manager of the charity. Grant has managed the National Trust's commercial and catering operations at Carding Mill Valley for the last eight years and previously converted an old public house in Cheshire into one of the region's finest gastro pubs. Grant will join the charity on October 9th.

Professor Charles Edwards (rtd), Chair of Grow Cook Learn, says: "We are lucky to have someone who understands the Shropshire Hills visitor market so well, who is passionate about local food and our beautiful and historic landscape and who is full of expertise and ideas about telling the story of food here - past, present and future - to young and old."

Grant Wilson says: "I am so excited to have this opportunity to build on what Grow Cook Learn has started to achieve with the Centre and its meadows and I look forward to working with the current staff, volunteers and Supporters to make the centre a truly inspiring and fun place to visit, learn and do things. I'm a veteran long distance walker in and beyond this area and look forward to sharing my love for the Shropshire Hills with all our visitors."

Grow Cook Learn is grateful to Peter Banford, seconded to hold the fort over the summer since Grant's predecessor Catherine Collier left to join Age UK in her home town of Shrewsbury. Grow Cook Learn's revamped exhibition and new film of the Shropshire Hills opened on July 24th.

Grow Cook Learn took over the running of the Discovery Centre in April 2014 when its ownership was passed from Shropshire Council to South Shropshire Housing Association (now Connexus) under a community asset transfer arrangement. The charity's mission is to help people appreciate the connection between food, landscape and history in the Shropshire Hills. In autumn, alongside the Autumn Apple Day and Bonfire and Fireworks events, it will be running a Ready Steady Cook cookery programme for vulnerable adults and others, funded by Ludlow Food Festival.

Entry to the Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows is free but there is a charge for visitors to enjoy our Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition and visit our mammoth. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The unique grass roofed building houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food. Browse our extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and school holiday we provide hands-on family activities. For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website:


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