A special wildlife site at Frampton on Severn is the focus of new funding for Stroud Valleys Project who have been awarded £122,656 by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to restore traditional landscape features, improve habitats and establish wildlife corridors. The project is aimed at making the most of the land left by past gravel and aggregates extraction in the area around the village including the Frampton Pools, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

SVP director of projects, Clare Mahdiyone said: “This is a very important project to tackle the landscape left by removing the sand and gravel and to improve the area both for wildlife and local people.

“ As well as working on creating and restoring ponds, scrapes , hedges, hedgerow trees and orchards we will improve public footpaths and encourage people to use them as an alternative to the road used by the quarry lorries.”

Staff and volunteers will be working with landowners and local aggregates and transport businesses as well as Gloucestershire County Council and Frampton Parish Council. The project, which has created two full time posts, runs until 2011 and will include surveys of the grassland and hedges, monitoring the ponds and guided walks. There will be a special emphasis to improve Frampton Pools SSSI which is in an “unfavourable” condition building on previous research and working in partnership with Natural England, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Frampton Court Estate.

“We will run education and training events to illustrate how extraction can be managed to create a valuable habitat. And we want to work with children from five local schools to explain what we are doing and why it important as well as providing specific training in the importance of biodiversity for the staff of the quarry operator,” explained Clare.

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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