Volunteers for environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project clocked up the equivalent of £50,000 in paid work restoring traditional landscape features around Frampton-on-Severn.Pond restoration with EA at Frampton

The 18 month scheme, run by two project workers Nadine Smykatz-Kloss and Mark Claridge and funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, finished last month (March). The SVP project workers and their team of 162 volunteers planted 1,200 metres of hedgerow, created three ponds and restored 11 more as well as restoring five orchards, running six surveys, installing seven wooden kissing gates and organising nine events for local schools.

Project officer Nadine said:”We went out twice a week with our volunteers to help restore habitats which had been affected by gravel extraction. It was a great community effort - not only did we have our regular volunteers but also a great response from people in Slimbridge and Saul plus staff from Ecclesiastical Insurance who came out to help. Even staff from Cullimores helped by organising a morning showing pupils round their site to demonstrate their use of recycled aggregates.”

SVP director projects Clare Mahdiyone said:” Now the project is finished there is a great sense of achievement and through the walks and events we ran we were able to show local people the importance of wildlife on their doorsteps.

“This project has also shown that landowners, parishioners and local businesses can all work together. It is a great shame that the Government has seen fit to withdraw funding from restoration projects like these that help rebuild biodiversity after aggregates extraction.”

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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