Stroud's environmental charity, Stroud Valleys Project, has reached the final three in a prestigious competition run by National Trust to find the UK’s green heroes and now is asking local people to vote for them to make it to the top.

Chief Executive of Stroud Valleys Project, Clare Mahdiyone said: “We are thrilled to reach the top three in the Green Space Guardian section of this important National Trust Octavia Hill Award, and it would make the award even more special to receive it in 2013 as it is our 25th anniversary this year.”

Stroud Valleys Project was set up in 1988 with the aim of protecting and enhancing the local environment by working together with local people. They have a dedicated team of volunteers who go out around Stroud district looking after green spaces for the benefit of local people and wildlife. Over the 25 years they have worked on a variety of greenspace projects including Trinity Pocket Park, Stroud; the Lake at the Lawn, Cainscross; Summer Crescent, Stroud; Holywell Orchard, Cam; Hamwell Leaze, Finns Way; Rackleaze Wetland, Cam; the Long Ground, Stroud; and Stonehouse newt pond. Some of their current projects include helping to set up a community garden in Delmont’s Lot in the centre of Stroud and restoring the garden at the house of poet W H Davies in Nailsworth

“Together with our volunteers we work to protect and restore special green spaces that have become neglected and bring them back to life so everyone - both wildlife and people – can enjoy them again,” explained Clare. “ We believe that everyone can do their bit to help nature thrive from planting bee and butterfly friendly plants in the garden or looking after a neglected urban or rural space. We work closely with farmers and landowners to restore hedgerows or create ponds to help biodiversity in the countryside.”

Voting in the online poll opens on Monday 22 April and people have just one week to support Stroud Valleys Project at the National Trust website

Stroud Valleys Project was chosen from over 130 nominations for these awards, now in their second year, which are being run in partnership with Countryfile Magazine.

Helen Timbrell, Volunteering and Community Involvement Director for the National Trust, and one of the award judges, said: "These awards show that the spirit of Octavia Hill is well and truly alive.  I was so impressed by the passion and commitment of the people nominated and it was a really hard decision to come up with the final shortlist.”

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

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