Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is running a year long wildflower festival, to mark the occasion. The aim is to encourage people to learn about local wildflowers and to understand how to help them survive.

Web_1Clare Mahdiyone, SVP Chief Executive explained, “After the success of the wildflower meadow at the Olympics last year we started planning what we would do to help stop the loss of wildflower meadows locally.  According to Plantlife, a national plant charity, 97 percent of wildflower meadows have been lost since 1947.

(Click here for dates of our wildflower events)

“But it is not just as simple as planting a packet of wildflower seeds. A meadow on the limestone grassland hills will not be the same as one in the Vale so we want to work with people to put the right management back in place so the plants come back naturally wherever possible using seed banks that may already exist.  But there may be times when we can give nature a helping hand if we understand about our local species and where they grow best.”

To start off the Wildflower Festival Stroud Valleys Project is organising a series of spring and summer walks so that people can see the local wildflowers at their best, starting at the end of April.

Sunday 27 April Bluebell walk through Standish, led by Caroline Aistrop

Sunday 5 May Walk through Buckholt wood, led by Katie Gamez from Natural England

Tuesday 7 May Bluebell walk through Groves Wood, led by Caroline Aistrop

Sunday 12 May Bluebell walk around Cam Peak, led by Caroline Aistrop

Saturday 18 May Wildflower Walk on Roborough Common, led by Ivi Szaboova from SVP

Saturday 8 June Orchid Walk at Rudge Hill, led by Paul Griffiths from Natural England

Sunday 9 June Orchid and Butterfly walk, led by Rodborough Common Rangers

Saturday 15 June Orchid Walk on Rudge Hill, led by Ivi Szaboova from SVP

 

To find out more, call in at the SVP eco shop in Threadneedle Street or check our Events page on our website : www.stroudvalleysproject.org as new walks are likely to be added.  Also, SVP is looking for anyone else who would like to add in their wildflower walks or talks. The charity has received funding from the Gloucestershire Naturalist Society to create a special webpage to pull all this information together in one place.

The Wildflower festival will be officially launched on May 10 by Professor Chris Baines, gardener, naturalist, TV presenter, author, and one of the UK’s leading independent environmentalists.

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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