NEW WILD PLAY TRAIL OPENS THIS SATURDAY

Wednesday 10th June 2015

(c) Anne Marie Randall

This Saturday, 13th June 11am - 1pm, we are launching a brand NEW Wild Play Trail at Frome Banks nature reserve with some family fun activities.

“On Saturday, 13th June from 11am – 1pm we’ll be in the new wild play area and we’d like to welcome local people to come and discover Frome Banks nature reserve,” said Pete Bradshaw, Stroud Area nature reserves manager. “Rosie, our wild play officer will also be here toasting marshmallows and making rafts to float on the river it will be loads of fun. We’re also welcoming people to tell us what they think of the play area and what they’d like to see here.”


The Wild Play area is part of the Stroud Valley Project Wild About Stroud project that will train volunteers to deliver seasonal outdoor activities including walks, outdoor conservation and food growing activities in our local community.

The Project is funded by Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Together fund through County Councillors, Sarah Lunnon (Central Ward) & Brian Oosthuysen (Rodborough Ward.)

We want this project to encourage people to use beautiful green spaces like Frome Banks nature reserve and Capel’s Mill that link Stroud Town Centre and Rodborough to the Commons and wider countryside as well as benefitting the local community


“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.”


Over the coming months GWT will also be making improvements to the path thanks to funding from Grundon Waste Management Ltd, through the Landfill Communities Fund, so that it isn’t so muddy and buggies will be able to reach the play area too. There will also be the addition of a pond dipping platform near Capel Mill and a few wood sculptures and benches for people to sit and watch the resident kingfishers and dippers and who knows, maybe even catch a glimpse of an otter as it goes by?


“All the improvements will be sympathetic to the reserve and there will be lots of opportunity to get involved and volunteer at the nature reserve.” Said Tamsin Bent, of Stroud Valleys Project, who will be helping GWT to manage the nature reserve and help run volunteer activities. “We want this project to encourage people to use beautiful green spaces like Frome Banks nature reserve and Capel’s Mill that link Stroud Town Centre and Rodborough to the Commons and wider countryside as well as benefitting the local community.”

DIRECTIONS: Frome Banks is next to Dr. Newton’s Way in Stroud, and is a hidden oasis within walking distance of the town centre. The nature reserve entrance is tucked away under the viaduct at Capel’s Mill. Directions: Cross Dr. Newton’s Way at the traffic lights by Waitrose, follow Dr. Newton’s Way under the viaduct and over the canal, then turn left on the canal path. Continue on the canal path until you see the reserve entrance on your right under the viaduct.

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