Unsung ‘Green Heroes’ recognised


SVP OctaviaA group of green space guardians marking their silver jubilee, a red squirrel champion and a passionate birdwatcher make up the green heroes celebrated in the National Trust’s Octavia Hill Awards 2013.

The three winners, who saw off strong competition to claim the ultimate prize, feature in the July issue of Countryfile Magazine, with an awards ceremony for all of the shortlisted finalists in the autumn.


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Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project has teamed up with the Gloucestershire Bike Project to help collect unused and unwanted bikes on the day of its fundraising bike ride on June 23.

SVP_SummerBikeRide_colour“It seemed the perfect opportunity to help out another charity while fundraising for ours at the same time,” said Julie Wickham, SVP marketing and fundraising officer. “This is the third year of our family bike rides and we were approached by the bike project to see if we could help collect unwanted bikes as they are short of stock to restore and makeover,” explained Julie.


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Professor Chris Baines, one of the UK’s leading independent environmentalists and the person who kick-started the modern wildlife gardening movement yesterday launched Stroud Valleys Project latest campaign at the town’s Bisley Road Cemetery. The charity, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary is searching for 25 wildflower meadow sites to make, monitor or maintain.

Chris_baines_May_13_smallWildflowers and plants are being lost from our environment at an accelerating rate and in Gloucestershire an estimated one plant species is becoming extinct every two years. Last year national charity Plantlife released results of their study showing that 10 plant species have become extinct during the 60 years of Queen Elizabeth ll reign.


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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.


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Stroud's Museum in the Park has been awarded a grant of just over £50,000 by Arts Council England for a community project to clear the ground in its derelict walled garden in advance of its forthcoming regeneration.

The aim of ACE's Renaissance Strategic Support Fund is to help museums develop by working with new partners to generate new skills which can be shared across the sector.  Volunteers from Stroud Valleys Project, which have specific expertise in working outdoors and in the natural environment, will work with the museum on ground clearance in the run up to the major works on the walled garden project.

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Newtsurvey_13-4-13_PGreen1A bumper ‘crop’ of newts was found during annual Great Crested Newt survey in Stonehouse by Stroud Valleys Project volunteers.

SVP Biodiversity Officer Ivi Szaboova, who ran the survey, explained, “5 Great Crested Newts and 30 Smooth Newts were captured in bottle traps which we set up in the pond in the evening. The newts were released early the following morning to minimise the time the amphibians spent in the traps.

"Only people with a Great Crested Newt licence from Natural England can survey, trap or handle this protected species so Stroud Valleys Project’s annual survey is a good opportunity to get up close to these fascinating animals. Volunteers and members of the public found out about the life cycle of Great Crested Newts, how to tell them apart from the more common Smooth and Palmate Newts, and how to create good terrestrial habitats for foraging and hibernation, as well as improve ponds for egg laying and newt courtship.”

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Stroud's environmental charity, Stroud Valleys Project, has reached the final three in a prestigious competition run by National Trust to find the UK’s green heroes and now is asking local people to vote for them to make it to the top.


Chief Executive of Stroud Valleys Project, Clare Mahdiyone said: “We are thrilled to reach the top three in the Green Space Guardian section of this important National Trust Octavia Hill Award, and it would make the award even more special to receive it in 2013 as it is our 25th anniversary this year.”



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Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is running a year long wildflower festival, to mark the occasion. The aim is to encourage people to learn about local wildflowers and to understand how to help them survive.

Web_1Clare Mahdiyone, SVP Chief Executive explained, “After the success of the wildflower meadow at the Olympics last year we started planning what we would do to help stop the loss of wildflower meadows locally.  According to Plantlife, a national plant charity, 97 percent of wildflower meadows have been lost since 1947.

(Click here for dates of our wildflower events)

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Every year since it began our sponsored bike ride has raised in excess of £2,000 for the work of our charity.   Last year we had 80 participants which was brilliant and we’d like to have even more participants this year.  There is something for everyone in the sponsored bike ride – short, medium and long routes. This year’s bike ride will take place on Sunday 23rd June.

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grow_your_own.jpgStroud Valleys Project is starting a six-weeks veg-growing course on Tuesday 19th March, 10am-1pm. The food growing course is designed for people who want to get more confident to grow their own food.

Ivi Szaboova, who runs the allotment course, said: “The spring growing season is finally here. If you want to grow lovely veg with next to no food miles, have some fun and learn the allotment basics in a supportive group, this is your chance.”

The course will take place at Bisley Old Road allotments and will cost £45 (£31.50p for people in receipt of benefits). SVP can help with fees for people on low incomes.

For more information contact Ivi Szaboova on 01453 753358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Stroud Valleys Project - one of the leading environment and community groups, which urgently appealed for £25,000 following an annual financial support shortfall, has already received £13,500 in just a few weeks.

Now, Chief Executive Clare Mahdiyone has urged groups, families, businesses to help their "crisis fund" by completing the appeal by the end of March.

"It has been fantastic so far and it has shown us how much our charity means to the people of Stroud and the surrounding area.

"If we can complete this appeal fund, it will give us a breathing space to improve our operating funds so that we do not have to consider making cuts, which could affect all the good work that is carried out by the Stroud Valleys Project team," she said.

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