Grant towards the cost of project materials, tools and equipment for biodiversity project
Posted: 13th October 2014
Capel's Mill, Dr Newtons Way, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2BS
Situated close to the centre of Stroud lies a hidden treasure of Cotswold heritage. Beneath the imposing arches of Capel's Mill viaduct, lies the open water of the Thames Severn canal which runs alongside the River Frome.
Teeming with an abundance of wildlife including the shy Kingfisher and Dipper whose territories run along the tall Beech lined river banks, the views are breathtaking. With a new cut being made through Capel's Mill, the team at Stroud Valleys Project with the help of volunteers have landscaped the site to create a wildlife haven that the community can access and enjoy all year round. This will include the planting of bulbs and trees, installing bat boxes and sowing wildflower grassland.
Working with Stroud District Council and the Cotswold Canal Partnership, Stroud Valleys Project has engaged the help of local volunteers to form a 'Friends of Capel's Mill' group. By working with local schools and other established community groups the project aims to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of the site to the town.
The Stroud Valleys Project aims to create an understanding of the significance of the canals and their place in the landscape, to develop an appreciation of the ecology and biodiversity along the canal and encourage involvement in long term practical conservation and environmental projects. Funds of £18,855 have been offered by The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust towards the cost of project materials, tools and equipment. The Trust fully supports this biodiversity project and would welcome applications for similar projects within Gloucestershire.