TRPG Trefonen Rural Protection Group
The small village of Trefonen is located around 4 miles south west of the Shropshire market town of Oswestry. It is also very close to the Welsh border that lies some 5 miles to the west. A single main road passes through the village.
The Village stands approximately 600ft above sea level which gives it clear views over to the east and the River Severn valley as it runs through the Shropshire plain. The Wrekin at Telford can be seen to the east as well as the Shropshire Hills to the south. On a clear day the Berwyn Hills can often be glimpsed to the west.
Trefonen is very rural, surrounded on all sides by rolling farmland most of which is used to raise sheep and cattle. The village has just under 200 houses of different ages, some dating back to the early 18th century, and made of different materials. Many are constructed from Sandstone quarried locally. There is a pub -The Barley Mow, a church and a shop/Post Office.
In addition, the Village has a number of local Clubs and Societies and also a very active Volunteer group helping to maintain the local Pathways, Stiles etc. - see Village Website link under "Useful Links".
This Ancient Earthworks passes through the village of Trefonen and some previous Planning Applications have threatened to jeopardise this very important Historical Feature. Not only is it a treasured piece of history dating back 1200 years, it also forms part of the 177 mile Offa's Dyke National Trail.
Offa's Dyke is of great significance to the tourist economy of the area. A large amount of effort and a great deal of time has been invested by the TRPG's Heritage Officer in drawing in support from eminent professionals in the Archaeology and associated disciplines.
In addition to Offa's Dyke, there are other Heritage considerations in Trefonen - industrial works, the old mines, drovers' tracks, to mention a few. TRPG will be actively working to ensure the safety of Trefonen Heritage.
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