Local foodOur new Local Food Voluntary Action project has recruited a team of volunteers and begun work, breaking new ground at the Stroud Valleys Project allotment, transforming an unloved part in just a few weeks.

Brambles were sheared back and nettles pulled; their roots were dug out and our new composting demonstration site – affectionately known as ‘The Rot Spot’ – now sits in their place.

This composting area is a partnership project between Down to Earth and Stroud Valleys Project, with the bins being loaned from Gloucestershire County Council.

The Rot Spot shows a range of different approaches to composting in action – hot bins, wormeries, good old fashioned compost bays and green cones; there’s a method to suit every garden. All of them are busy with the magic of turning garden and food waste into fertile organic matter – the essential ingredient for a thriving veg plot. We’ve also built 2 new raised beds from recycled materials and are using the permaculture approach of sheet mulching to clear the grass and weeds inside them.

Our Apple Day community pressing event on Sat 18 Oct outside our eco shop in Threadneedle Street, saw us delighting the people of Stroud with free tasters of freshly pressed juice – doesn’t get tastier than that...

We still have space for volunteers on the Local Food project, so if you would like to learn more about growing your own food, and help to make that possible for more people in the Stroud district, then please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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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