National Trust property, Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd has recently been awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site (DSDS) status for four locations across the valley and the hill. Any location that is accessible to the public, where there is a good clear view of the night sky can be accepted as a DSDS. The degree of darkness determines its classification, Milky Way Class being the highest. All four of the sites on Long Mynd are in the Milky Way class as it is possible to see the Milky Way with the naked eye there.
Emily Knight, Visitor Experience & Conservation Manager says “This recognition is a great achievement for us as visitors have enjoyed star gazing here for years and years. To celebrate we are holding a launch day where visitors can find out a bit more about what they can see in the sky and have a go at star gazing too.”
The launch day is on Saturday 6 December at the Chalet Pavilion Tea-room in Carding Mill Valley, from 12pm visitors will be able to find out more about the night sky, then once it gets dark there will be star gazing until 6.30pm.
For more information visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cardingmill or call 01694 725000.