Tree_plantingA staggering 956 trees were planted during The Big Tree Plant organised by Stroud Valleys Project, benefiting 10 sites in Stroud District, and involving 94 adults and 75 children. Two new community orchards were created in Stroud and Nailsworth and two orchards in Thrupp and Eastington were improved by planting heritage apple, pear and plum varieties. New avenues of native trees and small-scale woodlands were planted by community groups, school children, parish councillors and Stroud Valleys Project’s Green Team volunteers.

The Big Tree Plant project also organised the first Apple Day in Stroud as part of the Stroud Apple Town initiative, with juicing, tasting, 40 apple varieties on display and information on Gloucestershire apples to encourage residents to plant heritage fruit trees.

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SVP_Green_TeamThe Green Team, one of Stroud Valleys Project’s (SVP) outdoor conservation project, celebrates the win of a £30K Ecominds grant from the mental health charity Mind, on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund.

The award comes in recognition of the Green Team’s work, supporting local residents with mental health problems by using conservation work on local green spaces as a form of therapy. This is SVP’s second Ecominds grant which will fund the Green Team to continue this work until March 2013.

Stroud Valleys Project’s Green Team

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THURSDAY 3rd May – 12th July (fortnightly sessions)

10am – 1pm

After the success of the women-only food growing course, Stroud Valleys Project is running a follow-up course. The sessions are aimed at improving women’s mental and physical wellbeing. If you enjoy meeting people, learning how to grow veg and want to feel better by exercising outdoors, then this is the course for you.

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If you want to see a modern-day dragon, head down Great Crested Newtto Stroud Valleys Project’s annual survey of Great Crested Newts in Stonehouse on Friday 13th (7.30-9PM) and Saturday 14th April (7-8.30AM). 

Help SVP’s Green Team volunteers count Great Crested Newts, one of our local protected species. This annual survey is a rare opportunity to get a close-up view of newts and find out about their ecology.  We will set up newt-friendly traps on Friday evening, check them early on Saturday morning and release the newts back to where we found them. 

Wear wellies and outdoor gear, and bring a torch for the evening session. No toilets or refreshments on site. 

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Big cat experts are coming to Stroud in March to give an illustrated talk. Author Rick Minter and wild cat watcher Frank Tunbridge from Gloucester will be discussing the evidence and implications for the existence of these beasts at St Laurence Church Hall on Thursday 15 March.

Big CatThe speakers will look at the likelihood of big cats living in the Stroud valleys and discuss the implications of feral cats for people and wildlife.

This talk and discussion has been set up by environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project. SVP chief executive Clare Mahdiyone explained: “ We know that there is a great deal of speculation about the existence of in big cats in Gloucestershire as people keep coming into our eco shop to ask us about them.

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Bat detecting, an orchid walk and a day of gardening were among the “green” prizes on offer by environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project who ran their first annual raffle in December.

Orchid Walk Voucher“We wanted to make sure that the prizes reflected the ethics of our charity – to promote sustainable lifestyles and to help people care for and learn about the environment,” said Katharine Hope, who organised the event.  "So in addition to an organic veg box, gardening items and a compost caddy we were thrilled when colleagues volunteered their own skills and knowledge to provide some unusual prizes. We would like to thank everyone who donated prizes and who bought tickets. We hope that the prize winners enjoy their personal walks with our resident bat and orchid experts!”

The day of gardening was won by Marion Mitchell from Stroud, the personal orchid walk by Andy Treacher from Stroud, and the bat detecting session by Kevin Gribble from Gloucester.

The raffle raised over £600 to support the work of the Stroud based charity.

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Stroud Valleys Project is looking for women to join a new group to learn about gardening by working on their allotment in Bisley Old Road. The environmental charity has been funded by Adult Education to run an introductory course for six weeks to help women build their confidence by working together in a group.

Women_only_Dec11_-_Working_togetherSVP project officer Ivi Szaboova said: “Latest research shows that more women are suffering mild to moderate mental health problems so we decided to offer a special course for women to help them tackle low self-esteem and combat stress. The six week course is starting in February 2012 and we are looking for 10 women to sign up.”

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Arlingham_hedge_planting_-_little_helperStroud Valleys Project are on a mission in Arlingham – after spending last summer surveying the area to map the local hedgerow network, SVP volunteers are now working hard to bridge the gaps by creating new hedgerows and gapping up old ones.

Hedges are the perfect habitat for songbirds, mammals and insects. They are especially important in Arlingham as they provide links for bats so they can get out from their roosts into their favourite foraging grounds (as well as picking up a tasty treat while flying above hedges).

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Rodborough_School_gardening_clubSchool gardening clubs supported by the ‘Get Growing’ team from environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project received special gardening tools this term to help them look after their gardens.  SVP project workers Emily Janke-Pearson and Tamsin Bent distributed a combination of child sized forks, spades, trowels, hand forks, watering cans, brooms, rakes, and hoes to 14 schools, directly benefitting an estimated 200 children.

This is the first year that SVP is working with 20 primary schools across the district setting up gardening clubs and encouraging pupils to grow and eat their own vegetables. Since the beginning of the autumn term Emily and Tamsin also held four ‘Groundforce’-style gardening days to build raised beds in Brimscombe, Cam Hopton and Bisley primary schools and at The Lindens Kindergarten in Stroud, plus running two compost training workshops with Amanda Godber from Down to Earth at her allotment.

Emily said, “The Get Growing project is gathering pace and we are so pleased that we have been able to donate the gardening tools.  So far we have helped to build 12 new vegetable gardens in local primary schools in our district.”

Tamsin said, “We are also supporting schools directly at their gardening clubs and will use these sessions to pilot the teaching resource pack we are developing.”

 

For more information on the Get Growing project please contact Emily Janke-Pearson or Tamsin Bent at Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358 or see www.stroudvalleysproject.org

 

Prizes include a £30 gift voucher from the Eco Shop; a bottle of champagne; a basket of gardening goodies; a pledge for a day of gardening and the chance to have your own private Orchid Walk with Ivi!

growing2011Tickets are £1.00 each and will be on sale at the SVP Eco Shop, and at all SVP events until December 23rd.

ALL funds raised will go to support the work of Stroud Valleys Project.

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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