Stroud's environmental charity, Stroud Valleys Project, has reached the final three in a prestigious competition run by National Trust to find the UK’s green heroes and now is asking local people to vote for them to make it to the top.

Chief Executive of Stroud Valleys Project, Clare Mahdiyone said: “We are thrilled to reach the top three in the Green Space Guardian section of this important National Trust Octavia Hill Award, and it would make the award even more special to receive it in 2013 as it is our 25th anniversary this year.”

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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)

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Every year since it began our sponsored bike ride has raised in excess of £2,000 for the work of our charity.   Last year we had 80 participants which was brilliant and we’d like to have even more participants this year.  There is something for everyone in the sponsored bike ride – short, medium and long routes. This year’s bike ride will take place on Sunday 23rd June.

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grow_your_own.jpgStroud Valleys Project is starting a six-weeks veg-growing course on Tuesday 19th March, 10am-1pm. The food growing course is designed for people who want to get more confident to grow their own food.

Ivi Szaboova, who runs the allotment course, said: “The spring growing season is finally here. If you want to grow lovely veg with next to no food miles, have some fun and learn the allotment basics in a supportive group, this is your chance.”

The course will take place at Bisley Old Road allotments and will cost £45 (£31.50p for people in receipt of benefits). SVP can help with fees for people on low incomes.

For more information contact Ivi Szaboova on 01453 753358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stroud Valleys Project - one of the leading environment and community groups, which urgently appealed for £25,000 following an annual financial support shortfall, has already received £13,500 in just a few weeks.

Now, Chief Executive Clare Mahdiyone has urged groups, families, businesses to help their "crisis fund" by completing the appeal by the end of March.

"It has been fantastic so far and it has shown us how much our charity means to the people of Stroud and the surrounding area.

"If we can complete this appeal fund, it will give us a breathing space to improve our operating funds so that we do not have to consider making cuts, which could affect all the good work that is carried out by the Stroud Valleys Project team," she said.

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Glendower cottage, the former home of Nailsworth poet WH Davies, is being restored and Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers are helping to turn its neglected garden into an orchard.

Glendower Cottage now has a viewThe Friends of Glendower’s co-ordinator Anthony R Burton, MBE, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, said: "As a retired person of some twenty years and involved in work-parties for Stroud Valleys Project, I can vouch for the immeasurable benefits that volunteering brought to me personally - physically, mentally and socially. I can see how unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged people’s self-esteem improves through volunteering, and how SVP’s community work is appreciated by local residents.”

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Appeal_-_staff_outside_shopFive local companies signed up to support the Stroud Valleys Project appeal last week and the charity hopes that more will follow suit. The companies are Stroud Auctions from Bath Road Trading Estate, Stroud Brewery, Brockworth based Days Cottage who are regulars at the Farmers’ Market,  Stroud Nature, who organise the Festival of Nature and Red Kite Environment, a specialist consultancy.

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Rachel More, a Stroud Valleys Project volunteer, is the first person to sign up to Ecotricity and help out the charity at the same time. Ecotricity will donate £60 to SVP for each person who switches their energy supplier to them. (Click here for more information about this scheme.)

Rachel_More_in_actionRachel volunteers with the weekly Women Outside Working group.  She is attending this SVP practical conservation course to learn how to plant, maintain and lay hedges. Rachel is very pleased to be able to help the charity and she said,  "I believe that Stroud Valleys Project’s work is invaluable to the local community by providing support to get people actively involved in conservation as well as maintaining and enriching Stroud’s green spaces.  I am really pleased to be able to support Stroud Valleys Project with their appeal."

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Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers are involved in a new community initiative at Delmont’s Lot behind Boots in Stroud, which will see a community café opening where people can get together, cook and socialise.


People from Independence Trust and OPENhouse residents put a lot of work into clearing the overgrown site in the summer and SVP’s Green Team volunteers are giving them a hand with further clearance and digging, as well as planting a native hedge to improve the site for wildlife. Sheltered seating area will be made, and there are plans for raised beds to grow vegetables, wild flowers and herbs.

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Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project is urgently appealing for donations to help survive through to the next financial year.

Appeal_2013"Like many charities we are finding it hard to raise the money to keep going and are appealing to people to sign up as our Friends and give us a regular amount every year. If we could get 1,000 families to pledge just £25 a year that would help us to plan for the future," said SVP chief executive Clare Mahdiyone. "If we don't reach our target then we will have radically rethink our future in the town."

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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,

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641


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