Landfill tax money is supporting the latest scheme run by Stroud Valleys Project. The environmental charity has been awarded £48,000 from Biffaward to restore the pond and surrounding grassland at Rackleaze, Cam.

Pond restoration with volunteers at RackleazeSVP project officer Richard Lewis explained: “This area has always been seen as a bit of a wasteland but is in fact a neutral wet grassland and there are not many of these left locally or nationally.

“It is an oasis for wildlife and is special as the land has never been tilled or improved.  We will be working on this project over two years and aim to restore the pond  and surrounding area where we hope to encourage otters and water voles and create a boardwalk for visitors to use .”

 

Stroud Valleys Project along with Cam Wildlife Group and Cam Parish Council have been involved with the site, at the bottom of Cam Pitch behind the supermarket, for around 10 years. SVP volunteer Nigel Brook-Smith has already completed a grassland and plant survey at Rackleaze as part of his Certificate in Biology final year project at Bristol University which helped to indentify this as a grassland habitat in need of restoration.

Director projects at SVP Clare Mahdiyone said: “We are delighted to be awarded this money as although we have been involved in Cam for many years it is the first time that this site has had specific funding .  By the time the project is finished we hope the local people will be able to access the site more easily and appreciate the wealth of wildlife living there.”

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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