Serving the people of Stroud to create a thriving, sustainable community


Looking down on surveyors and a wildflower walk in Stroud Cemetery Nature Reserve

The Council recognises its duty to conserve biodiversity, which includes maintaining, restoring or enhancing a habitat or a population of a species.

We will:

  • periodically survey our green spaces to identify important species and habitats
  • follow best practise with regard to cutting and removal of vegetation, for example:
    i. letting grass grow longer at certain times of year and in certain places, to provide a more varied structure, encourage wildflowers, and enhance wildlife habitats, or
    ii. allowing some weedy areas to provide food for birds and animals
  • use only organic pesticides and fertilisers (see also Weed Control)
  • reduce the amount of water we use
  • time maintenance work appropriately, for example to avoid nesting or breeding seasons
  • use sustainably sourced native tree and plant species in new planting wherever possible
  • seek opportunities to plant edible nut and fruit trees
  • in urban, formal parks planting will respect historic planting designs
  • avoid the use of invasive non-native species and remove them where this is recommended
  • use beneficial woodland management practices, including (where consistent with health and safety considerations) leaving dead wood on site
  • seek, through long-term planning, to enhance the biodiversity value of sites
  • promote public access, interpretation and involvement in our sites to raise public awareness of biodiversity issues.
  • lead by example - well-managed sites can demonstrate the positive role of site management to businesses, other organisations and the general public.
  • integrate biodiversity into staff training.
  • seek expert advice when needed; for example from Natural England or Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Last updated: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 10:28