25 February 2016

We are planning our summer programme of events and we are always looking for new activities; if you have an idea for a new event or activity, please get in touch with me.

Coming up is the Stroud Farmers’ Market Children’s Day on Saturday March 12th. We will have a stall in the Farmers’ Market and we will be running three activities: taster’s passport, where children can taste products on participating stalls, seed sowing so they can grow a plant at home and decorating a bag to use around the market.

You can join us for a gentle stroll through the nature reserves in Chalford’s Golden Valley. The rich wildlife is a feature here, with a good chance of seeing dippers, kingfishers, grey wagtails and spring woodland flowers. It’s on Wednesday 6 April 10am - 12.30pm and the cost is £5/adult and £2/child. Places are limited to 10 people so booking and paying in advance is essential.

Our courses are filling up, but there is still space on our Going Wild In Your Garden course running on Saturday 9 and Saturday 23 April from 9.30am - 4.30pm in Stroud. You will be able to discover how to transform your garden, big or small, into a wildlife haven with this 2 day course. We’ll be looking at simple ways to make your patch irresistible to the wild things. You’ll be creating a plan for your patch on the first day, and then getting your hands dirty on the second day as we make wildflower seed bombs, wildlife hibernacula and a mini bog garden The course will include both theory and hands-on practical sessions. Cost for adult: £25 / £17.50 concessions. We also have spaces on the Introduction to Permaculture weekend course. This takes place over two full days at Day’s Cottage in Brookthorpe on 16 and 17 April. This course costs £60 / £42 concessions.

SaskiaFriday 5 February

We are delighted to announce our official partnership with local musician Saskia Griffiths-Moore and her album launch event at the Subscription Rooms on 5th February.

We invite you to come along and show your support for our charity and for local young musicians.

Saskia is part of an all-female atmospheric folk/pop trio which features double bass, fiddle, guitar, 3 vocals, bassoon, keys and flute, and who play Saskia's original songs. Saskia is launching her debut album 'Gentle Heart' which was 100% crowdfunded!

Johnny Coppin said of her  “…a fine singer-songwriter…wonderful voice and great guitar playing.” 

To find out more about her music, see her website: www.saskiagm.com

We will be there to talk about our work and there will also be a raffle with over 25 prizes to raise funds for our charity. There will be a bucket collection afterwards in aid of us too. VIP guest, Town Mayor Kevin Cranston will be there as well as the local press.  Dress up smartly because there will be someone taking your picture (with your permission of course!). 

Book your advance ticket here.

Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Debut Album out February 5th!

Diaries with no datesDon’t let unwanted 2016 diaries and calendars gather dust on your desk, drop them off at Stroud Valleys Project office instead, so others can use them.

The Diary Swap works like this: drop off unwanted 2016 diaries or calendars at Stroud Valleys Project. And if you need a new diary or calendar, pop into the SVP office at 8 Threadneedle Street on Stroud to get one. Simple! Saving resources and at the same time reducing the clutter on your desk.

The swap will be running until the end of January.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Clare Mahdiyone

Telephone: 01453 753358  

OurGoodwill Eve-Row new Events Guide is out now with all our events and courses from now to April 2016. If you would like to find out more please get in touch.

We are getting ready for Goodwill Evening coming up on Friday 4th December. We are running children’s activities, including festive fir cone hedgehogs, making candles from beeswax, and making tree decorations from beeswax with Stroud Beekeepers. For adults we will be making Christmas wreaths from natural materials. You can pre-book onto a workshop with us or book on Friday night or on the morning of Saturday 5th December. If you already have the skills to make one, we can provide a bag containing all the bits and pieces you need to make one at home.

Fancy being Glidingpampered at a Spa Day for two at the Cheltenham Park Hotel or have a glider lesson with Cotswold Gliding Club? Come to our eco shop in Threadneedle Street for a great chance to win these raffle prizes. You can also win tickets for Gifford’s Circus this year because we have tickets for two adults and two children to attend this magical local circus.  

You also stand the chance to win a Hamper from Suma – the UK’s leading supplier of natural, ethically sourced and organic foods or a Victorian-style 3-course Tea for Two courtesy of Woodchester Lodge; a 2-hour free horticultural consultation by a green-fingered expert from Daisy Bank Garden Design. Other prizes include vouchers, to be spent at our eco shop, kindly donated by JPR Environmental, creators of living willow structures; and a voucher for The Toy Shop, in central Stroud, at which you could find that elusive Christmas present for your children.

So don’t delay! Come and find Stroud Valleys Project this Christmas!

Dear Friends,Gliding

Cotswold Gliding Club have kindly supported our charity by donating a trial gliding lesson for our raffle this year, so if you have ever fancied taking to the skies in a glider, come to our shop in Threadneedle Street to buy a ticket in our raffle to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize. If you fancy being pampered you could win a Spa Day for two at the Cheltenham Park Hotel or visit Gifford’s magical local circus (tickets for two adults and two children). You also stand the chance of winning a Hamper from Suma – the UK’s leading supplier of natural, ethically sourced and organic foods – containing coffee, paté, pesto, fruit, nuts, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pasta. Our raffle is a great fundraiser for our charity, so please support us by buying a ticket or selling them to family and friends.

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We don’t want to join the commercial landslide into Christmas, but there is no getting away from the fact that signs of Christmas have been in many shops for several weeks already. From the end of October we will be stocking our usual range of Christmas cards, featuring British wildlife. Stocks are limited so remember to buy early!

As well as our usual range, we have been searching high and low for interesting new gift ideas which fit our ethos. One new item already proving popular is the “Bottle Light” – a rechargeable LED light that fits into the top of a bottle to create a gentle ambient light. We are also pleased to have a range of playing cards with natural world themes, and a range of dipped beeswax candles (UK and European beeswax).

The introduction of the 5p charge on single use carrier bags has encouraged us to widen our range of bags. We have new stock of organic string bags in various colours, and of Onya bags in various designs. These are all made of recycled plastic drinks bottles, and pack down into a small pouch to fit in a handbag or pocket.

And remember, every gift that you buy at SVP eco shop makes a difference to your local environment by supporting our work!

LPondRenovateots of outdoor work can seem really daunting. If you would like some help we can provide a team to tackle those difficult jobs for you.

 We offer a range of services including: pond creation and restoration, tree planting (woodlands and orchards), hedge work (planting, laying and gapping up), creating wildflower meadows, installing fencing and kissing gates, coppicing and small tree work.

 Stroud Valleys Project has a special interest and expertise in creating and restoring wildlife friendly places so they can be shared by people and wildlife. Our aim is to help local people to garden for wildlife so that the Stroud District area is good for nature, has improved habitats and encourages wildlife. In addition, our aim is to provide meaningful opportunities for our volunteers to work in this field of work. The wildlife gardening scheme provides a bridge between volunteering and paid work for our volunteers.

We aim to tackle jobs that would take one or two people a long time and that we can tackle quickly with a team. Call us today for an informal discussion or call into the eco shop to discuss your needs.

 We don’t want to join the commercial landslide into Christmas, but there is no getting away from the fact that signs of Christmas have been in many shops for several weeks already. From the end of October we will be stocking our usual range of Christmas cards, featuring British wildlife. As well as our usual range, we have been searching high and low for interesting new gift ideas which fit our ethos. One new item already proving popular is the “Bottle Light” – a rechargeable LED light that fits into the top of a bottle to create a gentle ambient light. We are also pleased to have a range of playing cards with natural world themes, and a range of dipped beeswax candles.

The introduction of the 5p charge on single use carrier bags has encouraged us to widen our range of bags. We have new stock of organic string bags in various colours, and of ‘Onya’ bags in various designs. These are all made of recycled plastic drinks bottles, and pack down into a small pouch to fit in a handbag or pocket.

And remember, every gift that you buy at the eco shop makes a difference to your local environment by supporting our work!

Pumpkin entriesI’ve just returned to Stroud after a week in the sun in Spain and it is really starting to feel autumnal now. The leaves are turning golden and it’s noticeable that the evenings are getting darker much earlier: it’s harvest time! To celebrate we are organising our Pumpkins and Apples in the Park – if you have grown pumpkins this year, please remember to keep one and enter our carved pumpkin competition. It’s on Sunday 25 October with a Carved Pumpkin Lantern Trail, and judging between 5.30pm and 6pm. The pumpkins look amazing all lit up round Stratford Park and there will be prizes from our eco shop so whether you’re a regular visitor to this event or are thinking of coming along for the first time, get the date in your diary. You can also bring your own apples to be pressed (one carrier bag each; if you would like to take the juice home, please bring your own bottles). Apple pressings will be from 11 to 12.30pm and 2 to 3pm. More information is available on our website, or in the eco shop.

If you have a garden or some land now is the time to clear it up for winter or perhaps embark on a new landscaping project. If it feels a bit daunting we may be able to help. We can provide a team of people to help with those jobs where a few extra hands will help. We have a special interest and expertise in creating and restoring wildlife friendly places. If you are interested do contact us for more information.

I’ve been working with the team on Shaping the Heart of Stroud to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Stroud town centre which will be launched on 3 October at the Sub rooms, hope to see you there!

Garden Tiger mothFollowing careful moth trapping with Bob Smith from Butterfly Conservation, a highlight for the charity and the participants was when they discovered three Garden Tiger Moths at Bisley Road Cemetery, which is a local nature reserve managed by Stroud Town Council. The caterpillar of these moths is known as a Woolly Bear due to its fluffy appearance. Older readers may have been very familiar with these species but they have declined rapidly in recent years.

The ‘Moths of Bisley Road Cemetery’ event found 100 different moths in the cemetery. A record of the moths at the cemetery will be sent to the county Moth Recorder who collates data sent from all over Gloucestershire. Each year Gloucestershire records are sent to a number of national and county databases where they are available for analysis.

Bob Smith said that there are around 25,000 species of insect in this country, most of which are never seen. Monitoring moths and butterflies provides an important indicator of insect welfare generally and, indirectly, of the welfare of their predators, including birds, bats, spiders and predatory insects; and also of the state of the environment - and it's really interesting!

 

 

Stoud Valleys Project wins a gold certificate in the 2015 Stroud in Bloom Competition for the Capel's Mill display.  Heart-felt thanks to Deborah Roberts, who volunteers with us on the Capel's Mill site, as she took the pictures and arranged the display so beautifully.

 

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registered in England and Wales.    

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Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
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