Since its launch in MaWAS 1rch 2015, the Wild about Stroud project has had a very busy 18 months and is now sadly reaching its end. The project, funded by Gloucestershire County Council, aimed to get people involved in seasonal outdoor activities.

The activities were focused on practical conservation, food growing and walking. We have been working at various sites around Stroud which included Capel’s Mill (across Dr Newton’s Way below Waitrose) and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Frome Banks Nature Reserve. On Wednesday mornings you may have seen our team of volunteers working at Capel’s Mill where we have been carrying out general maintenance of the site including scything of the wild flower meadow.

 

We cut the meadow once a year in late summer / early autuWAS 2mn, once the seed has set, to keep down the aggressive grasses and encourage more flowers the next year.

We have also been running walks over the summer and have produced six walks maps which we hope will be a long lasting legacy of the project. So why not pop in to our eco shop to pick up your free copies?

 

 

 

 

WASThe Wild about Stroud Project has been running since March 2015 and has had a very busy and successful first year. The project aims to get people involved in seasonal outdoor activities focussing on practical conservation, food growing and walking. We work with volunteers at Capel’s Mill (over Dr Newton’s Way, behind Waitrose) on a Wednesday morning where we have been undertaking general maintenance of the site including cutting back invasive species, pulling Himalayan Balsam and scything the beautiful wildflower meadow.

Over the winter we have also been preparing the land adjacent to Arundel Mill pond for planting native trees and shrubs and have now planted over 80 trees. They have survived our wet winter/spring and are now coming into bud which we all found to be a very rewarding sight.

The food growing part of the project has been taking place at the Stroud Valleys Project allotment with our Women Outdoor Working (WOW) group break for winter, we started back in February. We meet on Tuesday mornings and cover all aspects of food growing from planning and seed sowing to harvesting. New for this year is our cut flower patch. We are hoping to sell hand tied bunches in our eco shop on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesdays. If you are interested in joining our small, friendly group, please get in touch.

We have also been devising and trialling six walks around Stroud and we are in the process of incorporating them into leaflets which will be downloadable from our website and available from our eco shop in Threadneedle Street from July. We will be leading walks for a couple of the routes in June and July so please see our events guide or website if you are interested in joining us.

For more information please contact Tamsin on

01453 753358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Tree GuardsSince its launch in March this year, the Wild About Stroud project has gone from strength to strength. The project aims to get people involved in seasonal outdoor activities. These activities are focused on practical conservation, food growing and walking. We have been working at various sites around Stroud including Capel’s Mill (across Dr Newton’s Way below Waitrose), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Frome Banks Nature Reserve and Peli Pop-up Park (the garden of the former Market Tavern in Stroud).

At Capel’s Mill on a Wednesday morning we have been working with volunteers to carry out general maintenance of the site, including cutting back invasive species, pulling Himalayan Balsam and scything the beautiful wildflower meadow.

We’ve also been working once a month at the Peli Pop-up Park, turning a disused city centre space into a place where people can sit and enjoy the wild flowers in the specially created rain garden, along with vegetables and flowers in the traditional beds.

The project works with all age groups within the community and we have been working with schools continuing our wheat to loaf project, which follows the journey of the seed to the plate. We also run biodiversity sessions both at Stroud schools and at Capel’s Mill.

The food growing part of the project has been taking place at the Stroud Valleys Project allotment with our Women Outdoor Working (WOW) group. We meet on Tuesday mornings and cover all aspects of food growing from planning and soil preparation to harvesting. This year’s temperamental summer has meant the harvest has been a bit patchy but we are persevering and have planted lots of autumn/winter sown crops!

We are in the process of leading some lunchtime walks and devising other walks which will be led by staff and trained volunteers. We will also be producing a series of leaflets so people can go on self-guided walks after the project ends. These will be downloadable from our website and available from our eco shop in Threadneedle Street, Stroud.

Wild About Stroud is funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Together Fund through County Councillors Sarah Lunnon (Central Ward) and Brian Oosthuysen (Rodborough Ward).

For more information please contact Tamsin at 01453 753358 or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Wild about StroudWild About Stroud is designed to encourage people outside through seasonal outdoor activities including walks, outdoor conservation and food growing around Stroud. The Project is funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Together fund through County Councillors, Sarah Lunnon (Central Ward) and Brian Oosthuysen (Rodborough Ward). 

“The sheer joy of being next to the river in the woods, will, due to this project become available to many more of us,” said Cllr Sarah Lunnon.  “It's for adults and children to enjoy being a little wild and adventurous, but in walking distance of Stroud and Rodborough.”

As part of the project, we are working in five green spaces around Stroud including Frome Banks nature reserve where we are working in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to enhance the site, improve access and create a children’s wild play area. We are also working at Capel’s Mill, Arundel Mill Pond and Peli Pop up Park (the garden of the former Market Tavern).

As part of the project we will also be devising six walks which will be led by trained volunteers and produce a series of leaflets (available from our eco shop in Threadneedle Street), so that people can go on self-guided walks after the project ends.

We are now looking for volunteers who might be interested in becoming be a walk leader. For more information, please contact Tamsin Bent at Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.stroudvalleysproject.org.

To see what we've been doing in the past on this wonderful site, click here :

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Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
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Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
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