Long serving chair of Stroud Valleys Project Patricia Rowan has stepped down after seven years in this key post. She is being replaced by retired chartered accountant Gerry Robbins of Minchinhampton.

Brought up in South Wales (Neath Grammar School and Swansea University) Gerry graduated with a joint honours degree he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked with what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 30 years, the last 25 as a partner. In addition to the UK he has lived and worked in Brazil, Kenya, Peru and the United States.

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A special wildlife site at Frampton on Severn is the focus of new funding for Stroud Valleys Project who have been awarded £122,656 by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to restore traditional landscape features, improve habitats and establish wildlife corridors. The project is aimed at making the most of the land left by past gravel and aggregates extraction in the area around the village including the Frampton Pools, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Traditional orchards are in danger of disappearing with serious consequences for wildlife warns environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project.  So to celebrate the variety of Gloucestershire fruit the charity is organising an Apple Day at Holywell Orchard in Cam.

Project officer Richard Lewis said: ”Orchards in England have declined by almost 60 per cent in the last 50 years. According to the records in 1839 there were 99 orchards in Cam and now there are only three. This means we are losing many unique tastes and flavours that are special to Gloucestershire.

 

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Young hedgehogs are in danger this autumn as some will be too small to hibernate warns Stroud Valleys Project who are encouraging people to give a hedgehog a home. The charity is organizing a unique workshop on Saturday 10 October to learn to build a hedgehog house.

Workshop leader Ivi Szaboova said: “Juvenile hedgehogs need to be more than 450 grams (1lb) to hibernate and those underweight are unlikely to survive. Hedgehogs are nocturnal so those out during the day need rescuing and that is why we are running this workshop so that people can build a home to help them over winter.”

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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,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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