We’re raising funds to create and improve habitats across Stroud district. Habitats in our valleys, fields, wetlands and urban areas have been affected by industrialisation, building, and climate change, leaving fewer places for nature to thrive, and less green space to foster people's wellbeing.
1. Habitats are in decline. More than 35% global wetlands have been degraded/lost since 1970. Over 40% insect species are dwindling and 33% are endangered due to loss of habitat, pesticides, climate change and how we manage natural resources. In our district, industrialisation has seen ponds silted up or filled in, open waters lost to reeds, green spaces turned into commercial units or poisoned by industrial waste. 2. In our area, people are experiencing poor mental health and wellbeing.
1. We are working with partners and communities across our district to protect and restore our own local ecosystems. We will cooperate with partners to locate habitats that can be maintained and improved, as well as creating new habitats. We will create a new wetland near Painswick and improve green spaces across Stroud including private gardens and public spaces. 2. We’ll work with volunteers, listening to them and engaging them in work that improves their mental health and wellbeing.