Do you want to be out in nature in spring, looking for wildlife?

Survey trainingEvery Thursday in May and June 2018 we will be surveying the wildlife along the Nailsworth Cycle Path. We will be looking for signs of mammals, old trees and potential tree roosts for bats. We will also put up a bat detector for one week and identify the bat calls we record.

The survey techniques we will be using are:

  • Tree identification
  • Bat roost identification
  • Mammal signs
  • Phase 1 Land Use Survey

You don’t need any previous survey skills, as we will train you in the survey techniques.

MeadowSurvey CopyrightDeborahRoberts P1290953We will go out from 10am to 3pm on Thursdays in May and June starting on 10th May. Please bring suitable clothing (raincoat, sturdy shoes), flask or water, lunch and snack.

If you can’t make the surveys, but have seen wildlife or rare plants along the cycle path, we would also like to hear from you. 

 

 

Photo : Copyright Deborah Roberts

You can either meet us at the meeting points by car or you can walk or cycle to our meeting points.

Contact Stroud Valleys Project for further details on 0453 753358.

 

 

 

 

Capels Mill dipping

From May, Stroud District Council, who own the land at Capel’s Mill, provided funding for us to do eight days of maintenance, which we have run as sixteen half days.

We are having monthly workdays through the winter, where a core of volunteers lead the maintenance, cutting back to improve access and visibility, litter picking, scything and raking up the meadow, while Richard’s team have been maintaining the young trees: removing tubes, tying up fallen trees, mulching with woodchip.

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Growing Making Selling

Have you been unemployed for 6 months or more?Growing Making Selling

Would you like to:-

  • Grow plants, fruits and vegetables and make them into saleable products?
  • Learn the skills needed to set up and run a market stall?
  • Develop marketing skills for products you create?

Enjoy a bit of support as you supplement your income.

Any GEM participant can come and work with us and create things that can be sold. We will be developing a variety of products and making them ready for market.

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Woodworking for health and wellbeing

Greenhouse 1Greenhouse 2The Green Health Team has been working on a new project in partnership with The Beeches Day Care Centre, Beeches Green, Stroud. The centre, run by Gloucestershire County Council supports adults with physical and and mental disabilities.

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Slow worm 1Our contract work continues well with monthly visits to Rowcroft Medical Centre, Omnitrack at Rodborough Court, Tesco balancing pond (a site adjacent to Rackleaze Wetland) and our quarterly visits to The Apperley Centre, Stonehouse.

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Wild classrooms 1

Wild Classrooms aims to support children’s outdoor learning and builds on the foundations laid by our earlier educational projects, Get Growing and Growing Wild. The project is funded by the Ernest Cook Trust and the Summerfield Charitable Trust and was launched in January 2017.As the Wild Classroom project officer, I have developed free resources which link what’s going on outside with the science curriculum.

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Orchid 2Rackleaze Wetland, Cam

Our partnership with Cam Parish Council at this wetland site continues with the managing and maintenance of footpaths and the scything of grassland.

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Creating a Sensory Garden, Stratford Park, Stroud 

Sensory garden 1The first stages of work building disabled footpaths at Stratford Park’s Sensory Garden Project are underway. This project is a partnership between Stroud Valleys Project, Stroud District Council (SDC) and other organisations. It won partial funding through Tesco supermarket’s ‘Blue Token’ community scheme that run with additional funding coming from SDC to support the project.

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Shop front 2013

Opened in May 2011 to help provide unrestricted income for our charity, our shop sells a wide range of new eco products, which includes those that help around the house and garden, and gifts. 

We like to stock environmentally versions of things customers buy regularly so please let us know of anything that we do not currently have which you would like us to stock. We can then look into whether we can!

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Raised bedsRyeleaze is the upper school section of the Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School, the students we are working with so far are 13 – 14 years old. The aim of the project is to create a gardening and outdoor social space.

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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,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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