The Thursday volunteers have been working with Stroud Town Council (STC) Green Spaces Team at Bisley Road Cemetery in Stroud under the watchful eye of Jim Mathison and his team to strim and rake up grass cuttings over the past few weeks.
Thanks to the warm weather, our team has been able to appreciate at first hand some of the amazing wildlife that lives there, such as Slow worm and Common lizard - see picture.
Our Women Outside Working Group (WOW) funded by Stroud District Council Health and Well Being Partnership, worked throughout last summer at our allotment on Bisley Old Road.
We enjoyed a good harvest of onions, courgettes, pole beans, black currants, strawberries, raspberries, runner beans and pumpkins.
We also had our first proper crop of tomatoes from the poly tunnel and our new shed is providing invaluable shelter for our equipment and volunteers!
We are committed to adult learning, which we deliver through events for the community as well as courses aimed at specific groups, such as young learners with learning difficulties from Ruskin Mill, and adults recovering from mental health problems and substance misuse. These courses are integrated into our management of greenspaces around the district and contribute significantly to biodiversity and habitat targets, as well as encourage learners to take ownership and responsibility for the environment in their local area.
During the last year and a half at this site in Cam we have re-made steps, created a huge compost heap at the back of the police station and surveyed for grasses and wild flowers. We have raked the grass away from the meadows on the site and put them in the compost heap. This is really important because we are delighted to be able to report that we found a Common spotted orchid on the site in addition to the one we found in 2011.
This makes all the hard work worthwhile.