in 2016, we purchased a Shropshire scrapyard which had closed after 50 years . The yard was covered in 70,000 tyres, thousands of litres of disused oil and tonnes of wing mirrors and bumpers. The site lies on the edge of the internationally important Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield mosses National Nature Reserve (managed by Natural England) and our aim was to take on management of the scrapyard site and surrounding fields, to improve their suitability as wildlife habitats. The fields include flooded meadows adjacent to the Shropshire Union Canal (Llangollen Branch), which in recent years have become a haven for species of water fowl and wading birds.
In order to return the site to a condition where wildlife can thrive, Shropshire Wildlife Trust employed the company IntoWaste to clear 50 years' worth of scrap accumulation. IntoWaste began clearance work in August 2018, which included the demolition of buildings, sheds and the perimeter fence of the scrapyard. The site is now clear of the many tyres and scrap metal and awaits the next stage of transformation, which will include covering around half of the concreted ground with locally sourced turf. The above video shows a brief time lapse collection of some of the clean up operation and "before and after" photos can be viewed in the gallery below.