Clare's News Column February 2017
Get out and about with Stroud Valleys Project’s New Walk Leaflets
Stroud Valleys Project is launching its new walk leaflets to encourage people to come outside and enjoy the beautiful countryside around Stroud. All six are now available from the Stroud Valleys Project eco shop on Threadneedle Street and Tourist Information in the Sub Rooms.
Each walk has a theme: Family Walk, Town Centre Walk, Pushchair/Wheelchair Walk, Archaeology Walk, Wildlife Walk and Landscape Walk. And all take a different angle on a usual walk. The Landscape and Wildlife walks are circular, but involve a bus ride out to the Nailsworth Valley and a return walk back to Stroud via the commons, while the family walk starts at one playground and takes the scenic route to another, with lots of activities for children to do along the way. The town centre walk is ideal for anyone in town with a little spare time on their hands and is perfect for anyone on their lunch break.
Our new project Wild Classrooms starts this month. We will be working with schools and other children’s groups to encourage and support outdoor learning and developing resources to support teachers to link the school curriculum to outdoor work in green spaces close to schools.
We are all getting better at recycling and waste management. Councillor Simon Pickering said of the new Stroud District Council waste collections. ‘The introduction of the new recycling scheme has been a stunning success with the vast majority of citizens of the district really embracing the scheme …. The recycling rate has gone from 30% to just over 60% and many people have be realising how much food they waste and are beginning to think about how much they buy.’
Our annual Seed Swap is on Saturday 25th February from 10 to 1pm. We have been encouraging people to save seeds and share them with others; Down to Earth’s Seed Bank will be joining us this year too.