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A charity is encouraging the community of Stroud to come and get their hands dirty at a series of events across town in February.

Stroud Valleys Project’s Sharon Gardham explains: “Stroud is already a brilliant place to live, with plenty of green spaces for children to play and for wildlife to thrive. We’re working with community members and partner organisations to make it even better.”

The charity, which works with people across the district to improve the natural and built environment, is aiming to plant 2,000 trees in two days – and it’s asking the people of Stroud to come and lend a hand on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February.

“Last year we planted 8,000 trees,” says Sharon. “We then managed our saplings with care, so almost all of them have made it through the ravages of last year’s dry weather.

“Our epic mission this spring – or winter, depending on the weather! – is to plant 2,000 carefully selected trees over the space of two days. We want them to stand the test of time, capturing carbon and providing homes for wildlife, as well as making our green spaces more beautiful.

“If you’d like to do something practical to tackle the climate crisis or just fancy a morning or afternoon in the mud, we’d love you to come and join us at this free community event. On top of helping the planet and the wildlife in our local area, you’ll also get the chance to learn about planting the right tree in the right place, as well as lots of hints and tips that you can take back to your very own green space.

“Light refreshments will be provided… and there are goodie bags, too!”

Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) are also looking for crew members to help them build dens and tunnels at Stratford Park in Stroud town centre.

“To help launch our brand-new Garden Guardians project, we’re inviting adults, children and teens to come along and give us a hand at this free family-friendly event,” explains Sharon. “We’re going to be building some dens!”

“Join us on Sunday 12 February to plant and weave willow to into tunnels and dens – great for kids and for wildlife! You’ll also get the chance to make your very own willow heart, just in time for Valentine’s Day.”

This event is being run with the support of Stroud District Council, Stroud Nature and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Contact sharon@stroudvalleysproject.org for details and to reserve a space; find more information at stroudvalleysproject.org/events.

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