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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RRodborough common mapodborough Common is a Special Area of Conservation, supporting a wide diversity of species including rare insects and wild flowers.

The human population around Rodborough Common has grown which has caused the increase in number and width of footpaths that criss-cross it. This is causing concern about the loss of undisturbed grassland that provides habitat for skylarks and the numerous other species that thrive there.

This summer Stroud Valleys Project, working with National Trust, conducted a number of surveys of the Common in order to monitor the paths.

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This project is going from strength to strength with 11 participants signed up through our charity.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, the GEM Project aims to engage with and support individuals within Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work. 

Gem garden afterGem garden before

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Woodworking for health and wellbeing

The 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 mental disabilities.

The Team has taken over the management and restoration of the market garden area that has fallen into disrepair. The area consists of a small outdoor garden area, lawn, patio area with raised beds, polytunnel and greenhouse. The group has been tidying up the whole place, preparing vegetable beds, rotavating the polytunnel and restoring the greenhouse in preparation for growing some plants from seed (see before and after pictures below).

Greenhouse 2Greenhouse 1

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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.

The Apperley Centre in Stonehouse is a special school catering for teenagers and young adults with severe or profound learning disabilities.

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Conservation work update at Queen Elizabeth II FieldCatapillar 1

For the last year, Stroud Valleys Project has been working with Cainscross Parish Council to improve Queen Elizabeth II Field for both people and wildlife. The work has mainly been carried out by local people and Stroud Valleys Project volunteers.

We continued our work in the pond area and spent the summer keeping back vigorous plants that were trying to swamp the native hedge and wildflower area. While working there we have been amazed by the amount of wildlife we’ve spotted. There were azure damselflies and hawker, chaser and darter dragonflies as well as many different types of caterpillar including an impressive eyed hawkmoth caterpillar - see photo.

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Rackleaze Wetland, Cam

Our partnership with Cam Parish Council at this Orchid 2wetland site continues with the managing and maintenance of footpaths and the scything of grassland.

Over the past summer months grassland areas have been cut to encourage lower ground flora. Grassland management in particular areas has been focussed on supporting conditions that will encourage the Southern Marsh orchids and this year we have been pleasantly surprised to have found seven such orchids. See below - the great photograph taken in June this year by our volunteer Paul Green of one of the seven found.

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Creating a Sensory Garden, Stratford Park, Stroud 

The first stages of work building disabled footpaths at Stratford Park’s Sensory GarSensory garden 1den 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.

Phase 2 of the project is mapping out and creating the main disabled access paths through the sensory garden areas. At the moment the group are setting and fixing the footpath edging - an interesting task when fixing and bending metal edging.

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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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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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