DSCN9808resizedWe work on greenspaces with volunteers to improve habitats. For example, at Summer Crescent we have created a wildflower meadow, a new native species hedge and worked with local community group to develop a play area and organise clean ups involving local people. We also work on Trinity Pocket Park and The Long Ground.

 

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Stroud Valleys Project and its now web-footed Thursday volunteers have been hard at work clearing out reed from the main breeding pond. This work, as the picture shows, has been long overdue and it is the first time in 15 years that a large amount of reed has been literally ‘cut out’. Reed is floated to the side of the pond’s bank where it is left for a week to allow any aquatic life to move back into the pond. The reed cuttings are then moved by wheelbarrow a short distance from the main pond where they will compost down naturally.

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Vols hedgelaying 14.02.08We provide training in hedgelaying for the unemployed. We offer practical first steps into training with the option of moving into accredited training courses in practical conservation.

See here for a film about some of this training :

Hedgerow training

Also here for more information :

European Social Fund project

We have received funding from the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency to work with people who are furthest from the job market. To join this course you need to be either unemployed, self employed and working less than 16 hours, employed and working less than 16 hours, or be economically inactive.

Seasonal outdoor learning

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Lake at the LawnRestoration of a Victorian lake, pond wooded area and orchard with Stroud Community Land Trust and the local community. We organised a Victorian Tea Party to celebrate the Jubilee and opening the park.

Local foodOur new Local Food Voluntary Action project has recruited a team of volunteers and begun work, breaking new ground at the Stroud Valleys Project allotment, transforming an unloved part in just a few weeks.

Brambles were sheared back and nettles pulled; their roots were dug out and our new composting demonstration site – affectionately known as ‘The Rot Spot’ – now sits in their place.

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SVP have a hedgerow project in Arlingham, where we are surveying the hedges and are planting new hedges to improve habitats for bats and other wildlife.

Big Tree Plant - Year 2

Big Tree Plant logoStroud Valleys Project is once again embarking (if you excuse the pun) on its second season of creating and enhancing woodlands across Stroud District. The aim for this season (November 14 2014 to March 15 2015) is to plant 2,000 native tree and shrub species - a 1,000 of which will be planted as an extension to an existing area of woodland - and the creation of new copse at Stratford Park. We will also be working with a number of parish councils and community woodland groups to create new wooded areas and enhance older woodland.

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Organising walks for people with hearing impairmentThe success of the programme for people with visual impairment has encouraged us to set up a similar pilot project for people with hearing impairments. The pilot is again supported by Adult Education in Gloucestershire.  The project started in the spring of 2009, with training in deaf awareness, lipspeak, and alphabet signing for a group of potential guides to support hearing impaired people in a similar series of walks.

DSCN0692resizedAfter a successful summer looking after the Capel’s Mill site we are pleased to announce that the long awaited tool store for this site has finally arrived!

We levelled the ground and positioned the breeze blocks and railway sleepers, the delivery itself was a bit dramatic with some skidding and sliding by the lorry in the mud. The cabin looked very lightweight as it swung in the air and was gently lowered onto its base. It will be shared with the canal team which means they can get rid of the small rusty tool store currently there.

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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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