Dear Friends,Declutter

Are you sat at home during lockdown, wishing you could take all that clutter to a charity shop? We've teamed up with Virgin Money Giving, World of Books Group and trade-in site Ziffit to give you an innovative new way to support our charity to allow you to do just that.

It’s a great way to raise funds easily and safely. You can sell books that have an ISBN number, and DVD’s, Digital Games, CD’s as long as they have a bar code. If you collect more than 5kg of items, you qualify for a courier collection which is a safe and contactless way to get rid of unwanted items whilst maintaining social distancing and staying safe. We are launching this now, for Giving Tuesday but we hope it will continue throughout the year.

By decluttering at home, you can donate unwanted items through trade-in site and app Ziffit, and 100% of the trade value will go directly to our charity. It’s free for us and free for you, too. We can claim Gift Aid, too, if you are eligible.

You can download the app if you have a Smart phone, or use the link below to go directly to fundraise for our charity.

To find out more click here.

To fundraise for our charity in this way.

We do hope you will fundraise for us in this way.

Yours sincerely

Julie Wickham

Marketing and Fundraising Manager

P.S. This is a great way to reduce waste, reuse items and recycle.

Please watch our short film about wildlife gardening. 1

We are challenging you to find your dandelions and take photographs of the insects that visit them. We explain all about the importance of dandelions in the film. They are great for spotting insects because they grow on waste ground and pavements, so even if you don’t have a garden you can still spot things when you are out and about on your daily exercise. They are starting to go to seed now so if they have, grab a handful to plant for next year and maybe take a photograph of the beautiful ‘dandelion clocks’. Email us at (which email? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Dandelion Clocks?Dandelion

Does anyone else remember using dandelion seed heads as ‘clocks’, to ‘tell the time’, blowing on the seed head until it was empty and then counting how many times you had to blow to make all the ‘fairies’ fly away and then saying ‘that’s x o’clock’. Do email us and let us know your memories.

If you would like to spot more things, please go to and register and there with your spottings. The species we are spotting in May are Cow Parsley, Orange Tip Butterfly, Great Tit, Hawthorn and anything of your own choice.

A big thank you to John Bassett (Spaniel in the Works) and Tom Wickham-Bassett for donating their time to our charity during lockdown to bring us this film.


Adding a spotting to www.wildclassrooms.orgChildren and families can now join a special website created by environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project to help learn about the natural world around them. The site, called is based around the challenge to see if participants can spot 60 different types of plants and animals in a year. Clare Mahdiyone, Chief Executive of Stroud Valleys Project said, "In a recent Dutch study they found that primary aged school children have difficulties identifying common native animals, with on average the children in the sample identifying only 35% of the species correctly! It is so important to be able to recognise the animals and plants around us because, to quote the acclaimed nature writer, Robert Macfarlane, 'We find it hard to love what we cannot give a name to. And what we do not love we will not save.” 

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Five Valleys Xmas Grotto fundraiserClick here to see what happened when Stroud’s Five Valley’s shopping centre had a festive grotto. The popular yurt grotto was open to young shoppers in the run up to Christmas over two weekends and raised funds for our charity :

Five Valleys team collaborates with Stroud Valleys Project - Retail shopping at Five Valleys, Stroud

Everyone wants more trees! We willpg140325 strpk 023 be planting trees with lots of community groups and landowners in the Stroud area. We have just received delivery of a further 2,000 trees – bringing our total to 3,200 - and are in the process of organising tree planting workshops around the district over the next 2 months. Our Wild About Trees planting project has been supported by local donors, Environment Agency and last week we received funding from The National Lottery, enabling us to plant trees both this season and next. Do contact us if you are interested in getting involved in planting or if you have land suitable for planting trees. If you would like to donate to our Wild About Trees tree planting project you can make a donation via our website or in our eco shop, or you can purchase a £10 tree gift voucher in the shop.

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Press release from Stroud District Council dated 27 November 2019Press release 8307

Wild flowers, trees and seating will transform a former Stroud District Council garage site as part of a project to improve three canalside areas in Stonehouse.

As part of the re-wilding project, Great Crested newts are set to get a new pond at another site, and a third site will also provide new habitat for bees.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has started working on the Wild Towns project, which has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund and is being match funded by Stroud District Council and Stonehouse Town Council.

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Our raffle is our Christmas fundraiser, that time of year when we have some fun and win some prizes. We have a fantastic array of prizes for you this year, they are either kindly donated by Friends and supporters, or have an environmental theme and/or support our ethos of trying to be the best we can be from an environmental point of view.

Below you can see some of the prizes you can win, and by taking part you will be supporting our charity at the same time!


Raffle Prize Poster 2019

Watering Girl Bisley Allotment CopyrightDeborahRoberts P1030497 HiRes300dpiA new study into the impact of outdoor activity on children's wellbeing suggests that being outside can help youngsters feel more confident and capable of trying new things. Many of the children who took part in the study also believe that spending time in nature can give their school work a boost, according to the report.

The Wildlife Trusts, which commissioned the study, said the findings show that children experience "profound and diverse benefits" through having regular contact with nature, and that every child should have the chance to "experience the joy of wildlife in daily life." Contact with the wild improves children's wellbeing, motivation and confidence.

Photo : Deb Roberts

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Wild About Trees 1Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project is launching a new tree planting project this winter called ‘Wild About Trees’. The Stroud based charity wants to raise £10,000 from local people to plant 1,000 trees around the district.


Chief executive Clare Mahdiyone explained: “With climate change high on the agenda, people come to us wondering what they can practically do to contribute to the fight against carbon emissions. We have a track record for planting trees locally so we are launching an appeal so we could plant lots more.”

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This is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic and aims to be a way to promote and educate people about organic food and farming practices.

Following a year of unprecedented environmental protest and ground-breaking research, there’s never been a better moment to shout about the role organic farming has to play in the climate change debate by benefiting nature, wildlife, our planet, our health and building healthy soils. If we buy more organic food to support organic farming this will mean that we can slow down climate change together.

Admittedly organic is usually more expensive and if that is a barrier the other option is to grow your own fruit and vegetables without using chemicals. At Stroud Valleys Project we have allotment space and various growing areas where we grow, cook and share the produce with our volunteers. At the moment we seem to have more cucumbers than we can eat! As a result we have been pickling them for the winter. If you would like to learn more about growing your own do get in touch and find out about joining one of our volunteer teams.

Bonds MillOur volunteers get a chance to get involved lots of different types of work and a current example is Waterscapes. This project aims to help the struggling salmon together with a wide range of other fish species by improving passage along the River Frome.  We have enabled the rewetting of an old channel (paleochannel) at Bond’s Mill in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire to achieve this end. Our volunteers joined in with the work on site last week to help create a gravel bed in the river.

This project, involving partners from across the Severn Vale including WWT, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South-West, Severn Rivers Trust and Stroud Valleys Project has been made possible by major funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Over the next two years, work will be carried out at four key sites along the River Frome, as well as at WWT Slimbridge and Walmore Common SSSI.

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