At Blakeway Hollow a project to restore the calcareous grassland was being planned by the National Trust. This national, and local, priority habitat is particularly uncommon in Shropshire with Wenlock Edge and the Oswestry uplands being the only areas where fragments remain. Species-rich grassland in a former quarry, part of Wenlock Edge SSSI, was being lost to scrub. Due to the sensitivity of the ground flora this project employed manual cutting of scrub. Scrub was only removed from areas where the ground flora was likely to recover. An estimated 1.6 hectares of calcareous grassland is expected to benefit from this work.
The work at Poles Coppice was organised by the Countryside Service. It was planned in order to clear geologically important rock faces and to restore the open conditions for the interesting ground flora and possible Adder populations. Adders are known at the outskirts of this site and future survey work will take into account this site. The Adder is being considered for inclusion in the Shropshire BAP review. The work at this quarry had been planned by the Countryside Service but was waiting for a source of funds.
Both these former quarries are within a kilometre of working quarries. It is hoped that by maintaining early stage successional vegetation communities at the old quarries suitable seed sources will be available for colonisation of restored areas in the working quarries.