Wednesday 26 AprilWildlife walk

10am – 12.30pm

Spring is here and the Golden Valley is alive with birdsong! Why not come and join us on a gentle 2-mile stroll starting at Chalford. We will be looking for signs of Spring with particular emphasis on birds and their songs/calls. Our walk will take us through ancient woodland, alongside stream and canal.

There will be the opportunity to end with refreshments at the Lavender Café.

Cost: £5/adult, £2/child (SVP Friend’s pay £4/adult & £2/child)

Booking is essential

Ring SVP on 01453 753358



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7.30pm to 10pm Friday evening

7.30am to approx 11am Saturday morning

We will go to the newt pond at 7.30pm on the Friday. We will place newt traps and wait until sunset (8.30pm) and then we will conduct a torch survey.

Very early the next morning we will see what we have caught in the newt traps. We will tip the contents into a white tray so that we can safely see what we have caught without handling them.

People who have booked can also join the networking breakfast at Stonehouse Court Hotel.

Booking essential and payment in advance

£5/adult and £2/child : survey only (Friends £4 / £2)

Survey with breakfast : £20. Child’s survey with breakfast : £7.


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Bank Holiday Monday 1 May

2pm - 6pm daily

Improve your health and well-being by walking around some 14 small and medium sized gardens in these 3 Cotswold villages. Admire the structures, water features and the planting which provides colour at this time of year.

Afternoon teas and stalls are available at Eastcombe Village hall. This includes an excellent range of plants to purchase. We are delighted to say that we are a charity beneficiary of this event.

If you would like to volunteer at this event, please get in touch.



Friday 12 MayBats AdEd 2015

8.30pm - 10pm

Encounter Stroud’s many incredible types of bats with a local expert. We will listen for bats using bat detectors, and will hope to spot some flying.

Bring warm clothes and a torch.

The Museum will be open until 11pm, where you can explore using torch :

Cost : £5/adult & £2/child

SVP Friends : £4/adult & £2/child

Booking essential



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Saturday 13 May

Drop in from 11am to 3pm

Marking Day is the traditional day for the cows to be let out onto Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons for a summer of grazing.

There will be something for the whole family to enjoy, including children’s activities and a talk by Matthew Oates who is a National Specialist for the National Trust speaking on the importance of this traditional grazing to the land and its link with butterflies and nature.

FREE event

The event is jointly organised with Stroud Valleys Project and National Trust.

Photo : © Deb Roberts



Fri eve 19 May : 7.30pm 9.30pm Great Crested  Newt

Sat 20 May : 7.30am - 9am

On Friday evening a number of bottle traps will be set in the two ponds on-site; old dew and the main breeding pond. If the weather is favourable a torch lamp survey will also be carried out for both ponds.

On Saturday morning bottle traps will be emptied and a survey count will be taken before releasing any newts or pond life found.

FREE event - booking essential



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Thursday 25 May

7pm – 9.30pm

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Join this popular tour of a local mine, which is home to rare bats during the winter and which supplied stone to build mills and houses in this area.

The walk is around 1 mile long and we’ll have to squeeze through a small opening to get into the mine. Once inside, there is room to stand up but it will be dark. Please bring a torch, wear a waterproof jacket and trousers, together with sturdy shoes.

A hard hat is needed which can be supplied if booked in advance.

Anyone without these items will not be allowed into the mine.

Booking is essential as places will be limited.

Please note: children under the age of 13 cannot be admitted into the mine.

Cost: £8 per person

Contact Helen Dallow on 01453 834209.

Photo © John Ockham


Saturday 3 JuneSeedling

SVP Eco Shop


Do you have any spare or unwanted seedlings? Give them a good home through the Stroud Valleys Project’s seedling swap/sale. Bring along any seedlings that you have spare and exchange them for others. Both vegetable and flower varieties welcome.

Even if you don’t have any seedlings to swap, you can still take some for a donation. It’s a great way to meet other gardeners and to share advice and knowledge.




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Saturday 10 June

6pm - 8pm

The walk will start with a short introduction from Paul Griffiths about the history of the common, what wildflowers and orchids may be seen and a brief intro into the grazing and management of the common for the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly.

Cost : £5/adult & £2/child

SVP Friends : £4/adult & £2/child

Booking and paying in advance is essential




Saturday 10 & Sunday 11JuneSculptures

11am - 5pm

Rodborough’s third Hidden Gardens and Sculpture trail promises to be a visual extravaganza, and is an exciting addition to Stroud’s calendar of key cultural events.

Gardeners will be throwing open their garden gates to welcome hordes of garden enthusiasts and art lovers.

We will have an eco shop stall on the Sunday for all your gardening needs so come along and find us. We are delighted to say that we are a charity beneficiary of this event.

If you would like to volunteer at this event, please get in touch.

£5 for adult    Children free





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2pm - 3.30pm

A walk with Stroud Valleys Project and the National Trust Ranger for Rodborough Common.

Learn about the wildflowers and butterflies that can be found here and the work being done to conserve this special limestone grassland.

Phone Deb Roberts at SVP for more info 753358.

FREE event - booking essential

Photo : ©  Deb Roberts





Saturday 17 June SFM logo

9am – 2pm

Come along and try our FREE family activities including our Taster’s Passport where you can have a go at tasting lots of delicious food.

FREE event




Friday 23 June Arundel Mill Pond

6pm - 8.30pm

Join us for a walk taking in some of the work we have been doing in and around Stroud.

Then walk with us along the canal tow path to Stroud Brewery and enjoy a drink when you get there. Price includes a pint or a soft drink.

Cost : £10/adult & £5/child

Friends : £8/adult & £4/child)

Booking and paying in advance is essential




Saturday 24 June Scything-Rosie PhotoDeborahRoberts P1180808 LowRes

10am - 2pm

Come along, enjoy and learn the art of scything, the traditional way of making hay, with Fred Miller, Stroud Valleys Project Officer.

The course designed for the beginner will give people an introduction to the use of the Austrian style scythe, its use, sharpening and maintenance.

FREE event       Donations welcomed

Booking is essential

Photo : ©  Deb Roberts


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Sunday 9 July

11am - 4pm 

A family day out celebrating all that is great about nature, with lots of things to see and activities to take part in.

FREE event


Friday 14 July  Glow worms

7.30pm - 11pm

Denise Gibbons will be giving an illustrated talk about Glow-worms and Fireflies, followed by a walk at nightfall to see our glowing female insects in their local natural habitat.

Refreshments will be served after the talk.

The walk is in the dark on paths so please bring a torch and wear warm clothing.

This event is unfortunately not suitable for children under five.

Cost : £5/adult & £2/child

SVP Friends : £4/adult & £2/child

Booking and paying in advance is essential


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Saturday 22 July

10am - 2pm

Come along, enjoy and learn about what pond life and mini-beasts live in the main breeding pond at Kingswood’s own wildlife oasis.

As last year this third pond survey will be led by Denise Gibbons and Barbara Wood, both experts in pond wildlife.

Throughout the session people will be able to have a look at what pond life is living in the pond through netting into wet survey trays.

FREE event - booking in advance is ESSENTIAL

Donations welcomed



Saturday 29 July Scything for beginners

10.30am - 3.30pm

An introduction to scything, its history and its background, management of grasslands and meadows, how to set up your scythe, sharpening scythes, peening (beating the blade to thin it and make it sharper), correct scything technique. We will focus on lightweight Austrian scythes.

£25 per person Friends and Concessions, £30 for non-friends

Photo : ©  Deb Roberts



Wednesday 2 August Poster 2017

Three sessions to choose from

10am, 11am, 2pm

Families will have a hands-on opportunity to get a closer look at the minibeasts living in meadows and woodlands.

Cost: £2/child per session

(Adults free)

Booking is essential



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Three sessions per morning

10am, 10.45am, 11.30am

Families will have a hands-on opportunity to get a closer look at the exciting variety of animals that live in our ponds.

Cost: £2/child per session

(Adults free)

Booking is essential


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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