wild daffodilStroud Valleys Project is 30 years old this year! I have been with the organisation for 12 years (I can’t believe it!) and we have seen so many changes with the times. We started in 1988 and I recently looked at the original letter sent out inviting people to the very first meeting to set up Stroud Valleys Project at the Sub Rooms. We plan to celebrate throughout the year and hope you will join us. We will be looking back over the last 30 years, and if you have any past memories of working with us, or photos you can share I would love to hear from you.

We started two new projects this month: in Berkeley we will be working with the town council to improve Sarah’s Field which is a water meadow on the edge of the town. We are looking for new volunteers to work with us starting in March. We have started another project where we will be working in partnership with Stroud District Council at their sheltered housing scheme at Sherbourne House in Stonehouse where we are creating a garden area for the residents with students from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

In my October column I mentioned that many of our supporters and customers are expressing increasing concerns about plastic in our environment. So many people have come in to talk to us since reading the article. In spite of the reduction of single use plastic bags, other types of single use plastic packaging are becoming more and more of a problem.

We are working hard to reduce single use plastic in our eco shop; we have minimal single use plastic in the shop and most plastic we stock is recycled. Our greeting cards suppliers are already using or are working towards usng cornstarch or cellophane biodegradable packaging. The most difficult area for us is the packaging that comes from suppliers, and persuading them to reduce plastic packaging is ongoing!

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

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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