Food growing is the theme of a new one year project that Stroud Valleys Project is starting this month, the aim of which is to increase the area of land used for growing food locally.
The environmental charity is looking for volunteers who want to know more about growing food. SVP project officer Katherine Hallewell said, ”This is a great opportunity to work as part of team and learn how to grow your food at home, including making your own plants for free from cuttings and seed saving.”
Katherine is hoping to work with other local organisations in and around Stroud to explore the many different approaches people take to growing food in the Five Valleys.
The project is being funded by Stroud District Council and starts on Thursday 21 August and will continue regularly every Thursday, with some weekend work.
Anyone interested in joining in should contact Katherine at Stroud Valleys Project, 8Threadneedle St, Stroud, or call 01453 753358.
Anyone wanting to work outdoors can join in with Stroud Valleys Project meadow mowing and raking event at Capels Mill on Saturday 9 August starting at 1pm.
Volunteers working with SVP project leader Fred Miller have been preparing the area since January planting trees and wildflowers. But now the wildflower area is ready to be mown.
“Now the area is ready for a bit of a mow to spread the seeds, followed by raking up and stacking. Local scythe enthusiasts are welcome to hone their skills on this clover rich meadow, in its first year of growth.” explained Fred.
The environmental charity is also working on putting in a pond and digging some swales (contour ditches) to divert rainwater and reduce run off.
“We are often asked if we do practical sessions at the weekends so these will run regularly from 1pm till 6pm on the second Saturday of every month,” said Fred. Anyone interested can call Fred on 01453 753358 to find out more or simply drop by on the day.
For further information please contact Fred Miller on 01453 753358 or see www.stroudvalleysproject.org for more details on the Capels Mill project.
Our charity Bike Ride on Sunday 22 June was a great success with 72 riders. Everyone had a great day. A team from BPI Poly, the plastic recycling factory on the Bath Road, entered to raise sponsorship for our charity. This included Rupert Lewis, Julian Day and Callum Chambers.
We also had a rider from Nailsworth Rotary Club, also raising funds for our charity. We had a guest appearance from the Three Counties Tandem Club which featured three tandems and a recumbent. We had lots of families involved. Particularly notable were Matt Archibald and Rosa Keene on a tag along. Everyone had a great day and really enjoyed the rides. They said they were very well organised.
A big thank you to our sponsors for this year who were BPI Poly, James and Owen, PC Techniques, and Noah’s Ark – we couldn’t have done it without their help and support. We had excellent volunteer support this year, too, so a big thank you to all our volunteers and also to St John’s Ambulance. A special thank you to Lawrence Finch for being our man with a van. We couldn’t have done the bike ride without all this excellent volunteer support.
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Stroud Valleys Project are pleased to announce that Lister Communications will be supporting their charity bike ride this year by providing the telecommunications.
The Bike Ride, which takes place on Sunday 22nd June from the Museum in the Park, will be raising funds for Stroud Valleys Project. Following a request from Stroud Valleys Project, Lister Communications are kindly providing 6 Nokia mobile phones on the O2 network free of charge for the duration of the event. These small lightweight handsets have great coverage and battery life and will be a really useful for the organising team on the day!
Most importantly, this enables the event to have really effective communications and doesn’t rely on volunteers’ own phones, or on the aged phones owned by the charity.
Stroud Valleys Project is bringing the historic Walled Garden in Stratford Park back to life after 20 years’ of dereliction, allowing the community to use and enjoy the space.
We have the chance to win funding, through Engage Mutual Assurance, to help us continue this fascinating project, which we are doing in conjunction with Stroud's Museum in the Park.
To vote for the Walled Garden and for more information, please click here:
You can vote from now until 31 May.
Thank you for your support.
Callowell School is now the proud owner of a living willow igloo for their Forest School area. 12 people (and their children) attended this training course which was run during the school half term and learnt how to make a living willow structure. The course was a partnership venture between our charity, Stroud Valleys Project, Norah Kennedy (www.norahkennedywillowworker.co.uk) and JPR Environmental (www.jprwillow.co.uk). A big thank you to both for supporting our charity.
Here is what one local teacher said about the morning:
"Brilliant willow sculpture workshop with Nora this morning, I think we were all a little surprised at how good the weather was and our ability to make a willow igloo (some rather impressive knots too!!) Gave us all a little inspiration and confidence to have a go ..
Thank you Wendy, Anita and Justin"
Christmas Gift Appeal
This appeal has been launched to help boost funds for next year. SVP marketing and fundraising manager, Julie Wickham said, ”This time last year we had a big fundraising drive and it made a real difference to our survival. We know that we need to raise funds each year to fund our vital work. So we are now asking people to imagine they have one extra person to buy a gift for this year and give us a donation instead.
“They could become a Friend and pledge a certain amount of money every month or year. It really helps the charity to continue all the work we do looking after green spaces around the district, or they could make a cheque or cash donation in our big bucket in our HQ in Threadneedle Street."
Earlier this year the charity, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, won the prestigious Octavia Hill Green Space Guardian Award from the National Trust.
“We are also in the process of restoring the Walled Garden working with the Museum in the Park and will be doing a big tree plant around Stroud this winter,” said Julie.
Local school children are about to make their own bread from wheat they have grown themselves by working with environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project. The wheat was planted in March and April and has now been harvested.
SVP Get Growing Project officer Tamsin Bent said: “The children have grown the wheat in the school gardens we set up for them and have now harvested the crop. The next stage is cleaning, threshing and winnowing to get it ready for milling which we will do with special handmills.
“The flour will then be mixed with local organic flour and each child will bake a roll to take home with them.”
The Get Growing Project has been going since February 2011 and works with 20 local schools encouraging them to set up their own school gardens to grow vegetables in specially made raised beds. Six primary schools took part in the wheat growing project Cam Everlands, The Rosary, Stroud Valleys, Brimscombe , Thrupp and Miserden.