Little Owl on stumpVolunteers from local environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project have started work in Stratford Park planting trees to improve homes for wildlife after a pair of little owls living in a nesting box died last year.

SVP project officer Richard Lewis said, “Sadly last year the storms blew down the walnut tree where the little owls were roosting and the pair in the nest box were killed. We are hoping that the work we are doing planting new trees will attract all kinds of wildlife, but especially the little owls which are in decline across the UK."

The charity is asking local people to support their work in the park by making a donation of £10 towards each tree that is planted.


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“We are aiming to plant 1,000 trees and it would be great for local people to know that their money was helping to renew and restore a vital part of the town’s natural habitat,” said Richard.

According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds little owl numbers are declining in Britain with the UK population down 24 percent between 1995 and 2008.

People can donate their £10 by calling into the Stroud Valleys Project eco shop on Threadneedle Street or visiting the website at and clicking on the Virgin Money Giving button or they can donate by text.  To donate £10, text RSVP14£10 to 70071, or choose another amount.

For more information please contact Richard Lewis or Julie Wickham on 01453 753358

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18.PennyHeadsLichen IMG 5210 LowResThe restoration of  the canal side site at Capel’s Mill by Stroud Valleys Project has revealed a treasure trove of artefacts buried in the old rubbish tip there.  SVP’s volunteers have been cleaning and collating all the ‘treasure’  found while they are restoring the site to a wildlife meadow and have now made a window display in the shop in Threadneedle St with everything they have uncovered.

Finds include a newspaper from 1967 with a feature about Sir Francis Chichester and his solo circumnavigation of the world, old fish paste and washing up bottles and even a coin dating from the reign of George lll.

Project officer Fred Miller explained, ”Stroud had a rubbish tip in the 1960’s and 70’s in and around the old mill pond at Capel’s Mill, and as we work restoring this site by the canal, we are finding things that people threw away 50 years ago.”

12.Bottles IMG 5334LowResLast month the environmental charity picked up an award from the Gloucestershire branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE)  in recognition of all the work they are doing on the Capel’s Mill restoration ‘for using volunteers, local businesses and the community to help transform an old tip into and important area of waterside parkland.”

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DSCN8997Food 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.

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ScytheAnyone 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 for more details on the Capels Mill project.

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Peter Seccombe and Team 2014Our 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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Bike Ride Jubilee Gates2012Stroud 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.

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Registration for our annual Sponsored Bike Ride is now open!

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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.



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Living Willow 001Callowell 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 ( and JPR Environmental ( A big thank you to both for supporting our charity.

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"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"


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