Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers are involved in a new community initiative at Delmont’s Lot behind Boots in Stroud, which will see a community café opening where people can get together, cook and socialise.


People from Independence Trust and OPENhouse residents put a lot of work into clearing the overgrown site in the summer and SVP’s Green Team volunteers are giving them a hand with further clearance and digging, as well as planting a native hedge to improve the site for wildlife. Sheltered seating area will be made, and there are plans for raised beds to grow vegetables, wild flowers and herbs.

OPENhouse, who provide housing and support for vulnerable young people, own this small urban plot in the middle of the town, and apart from the community café and garden, their residents also want to set up a community kitchen. This will be a communal cookery workshop facility for homeless, socially disadvantaged and vulnerable people who will get support and training to become equipped with essential life skills so they can live independent healthy lives.

Delmonts_lot_2There will be cooking workshops, a regular lunch club, and a community café once a month. The Community Kitchen will be available for hire to community groups.

Ivi Szaboova, SVP’s Biodiversity Officer, said: “The Green Team volunteers were amazed to find this little tucked away place right in the middle of the town. It’s very exciting to be at the beginning of the project and see how it will change from a neglected little corner into a lovely little garden full of flowers, bees and butterflies. Well-managed urban green spaces are tremendously important for our wildlife – they offer shelter and food as well as corridors for wildlife to travel in.”

Delmonts_lot_3Claire Mould, CEO of OPENhouse, said: “OPENhouse are keen for Delmont’s Lot to become a wonderful secret garden, away from it all, right in the middle of the town, and a community place where people can get together. We really appreciate all the hard work and support of Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers.”

For more information about the Community Kitchen project contact OPENhouse on 01453 759400.

For information about volunteering with Stroud Valleys Project, contact Ivi Szaboova on 01453 753358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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