Apple_Varieties__Stroud_Valleys_ProjectApple Day in Stroud went ahead despite a catastrophic harvest in our orchards as Stroud Apple Town organised a weekend of apple-y festivities.

Stroud Valleys Project Green Team volunteers helped with endless apple chopping and crushing to give locals a chance to taste freshly-pressed apple juice, as well as providing 10 heritage varieties for tasting, a ‘mystery apple’ game and ‘guess the apple weight’ competition, while the Dead Dog Cider duo entertained the crowds. More juicing happened at the Farmers’ Market and the Museum in the Park, and over 50 heritage Gloucestershire apple varieties were on display at Day’s Cottage market stall.

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Friday 5th October 2012Jobs_Fair

10:30am - 3:00pm

SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS George St. Stroud GL5 1AE

Stroud Jobs Fair is a free entry event offering a wide range of local employer vacancies, training opportunities and job seeking advice.

Stroud Valleys Project will also be there so you can talk to us about what opportunities are available for you in your spare time.

Refreshments will be available from the café on the ground floor throughout the day.

For further infomation about the Jobs Fair please contact:
TABS Training, Clarendon Court, 54-56 London Rd, Stroud, GL5 2AB.  Tel. 01453 751555

A Discovery Day was held at the Rackleaze Nature Reserve in Cam to celebrate the conservation achievements by Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) and its band of volunteers who through Biffaward (Landfill Tax Levy) funding have increased opportunities for wildlife and biodiversity at the wetland site.

Cutting_the_Rackleaze_ribbonRichard Lewis, SVP’s project officer at the nature reserve said ‘The nature reserve is an oasis for wildlife and the day was a celebration of the work that has gone on at the site and hopefully the work that SVP will be able to continue to do in the future at the nature reserve’.

The day was officially opened by Mary Oram, a member of the Cam Wildlife Group, who along with other members of the group cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new boardwalk that allows public access to the field pond on the nature reserve.

Display board showcased the different types of bird and insect species that have been found in or around the nature reserve, visitors to the event we’re able to get involved by catching insects, such as butterflies and bees, in nets. Adding to the survey records already collect by SVP’s own survey team, Denise Gibbons and Barbara Wood.

It is hoped that with the help of SVP, Cam Parish Council will formally start the process of designating the site as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) for all the community to enjoy.

scytheSummer conjures up images of sun, sea, ice creams and picnics – but also the lovely smells of making hay, the old-fashioned way. If you have a scythe you don’t need, please donate it to Stroud Valleys Project so that volunteers can be trained in the art of hay-making. Using scythes is better for the environment and our carbon footprint, as well as more pleasant than noisy petrol strimmers.

SVP also collects second-hand garden  tools to sell in its SVP Ecoshop.

If you can help please contact SVP on 01453 753358.

SVP supporter Spencer Hawes using a scythe in his orchard.
A pioneering women-only volunteering group is set up by Stroud Valleys Project to help local women improve their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. The WOW! Women Outside Working weekly sessions will start on Thursday 23rd August at 10am on Bisley Old Road allotments in Stroud.

working_together_on_the_allotmentWOW! is aimed at women who like being outdoors, growing food and learning new skills in practical conservation.

Ivi Szaboova, Stroud Valleys Project’s Biodiversity Officer who will run the group said: “SVP had a fantastic response to the idea of women-only food growing courses. During two spring courses women worked together in a supportive group and learnt how to grow organic veg. Recent funding from Ecominds allows SVP to start up WOW! Women Outside Working, a new weekly food growing and conservation group for women – a first for Stroud! “

Even just five minutes of outdoor exercise like walking in a wood or working in a garden improves people’s mental wellbeing, according to a study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal. (2010).

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Tree_plantingA staggering 956 trees were planted during The Big Tree Plant organised by Stroud Valleys Project, benefiting 10 sites in Stroud District, and involving 94 adults and 75 children. Two new community orchards were created in Stroud and Nailsworth and two orchards in Thrupp and Eastington were improved by planting heritage apple, pear and plum varieties. New avenues of native trees and small-scale woodlands were planted by community groups, school children, parish councillors and Stroud Valleys Project’s Green Team volunteers.

The Big Tree Plant project also organised the first Apple Day in Stroud as part of the Stroud Apple Town initiative, with juicing, tasting, 40 apple varieties on display and information on Gloucestershire apples to encourage residents to plant heritage fruit trees.

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SVP_Green_TeamThe Green Team, one of Stroud Valleys Project’s (SVP) outdoor conservation project, celebrates the win of a £30K Ecominds grant from the mental health charity Mind, on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund.

The award comes in recognition of the Green Team’s work, supporting local residents with mental health problems by using conservation work on local green spaces as a form of therapy. This is SVP’s second Ecominds grant which will fund the Green Team to continue this work until March 2013.

Stroud Valleys Project’s Green Team

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THURSDAY 3rd May – 12th July (fortnightly sessions)

10am – 1pm

After the success of the women-only food growing course, Stroud Valleys Project is running a follow-up course. The sessions are aimed at improving women’s mental and physical wellbeing. If you enjoy meeting people, learning how to grow veg and want to feel better by exercising outdoors, then this is the course for you.

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If you want to see a modern-day dragon, head down Great Crested Newtto Stroud Valleys Project’s annual survey of Great Crested Newts in Stonehouse on Friday 13th (7.30-9PM) and Saturday 14th April (7-8.30AM). 

Help SVP’s Green Team volunteers count Great Crested Newts, one of our local protected species. This annual survey is a rare opportunity to get a close-up view of newts and find out about their ecology.  We will set up newt-friendly traps on Friday evening, check them early on Saturday morning and release the newts back to where we found them. 

Wear wellies and outdoor gear, and bring a torch for the evening session. No toilets or refreshments on site. 

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Big cat experts are coming to Stroud in March to give an illustrated talk. Author Rick Minter and wild cat watcher Frank Tunbridge from Gloucester will be discussing the evidence and implications for the existence of these beasts at St Laurence Church Hall on Thursday 15 March.

Big CatThe speakers will look at the likelihood of big cats living in the Stroud valleys and discuss the implications of feral cats for people and wildlife.

This talk and discussion has been set up by environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project. SVP chief executive Clare Mahdiyone explained: “ We know that there is a great deal of speculation about the existence of in big cats in Gloucestershire as people keep coming into our eco shop to ask us about them.

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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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