The finding is one of the results from a recent survey carried out by the Town Council to find out if residents were happy with how it was looking after the town’s green spaces.
The Town Council is responsible for a number of green spaces, including Bank Gardens and the old and new cemeteries off Bisley Road.
The old cemetery is one of only a handful in the country that is classified as a nature reserve. Grass is kept long in the summer to allow the wildflowers and grasses to set seed which supports wildlife such as insects, reptiles and birds.
For the past 20 years the old and new cemeteries have been managed by the Town Council in partnership with its owners Stroud District Council.
The majority of the 100 respondents said they appreciated the wildlife and nature at the old cemetery and that it was a popular place for walks.
Visitors to Bank Gardens stated they enjoyed walking through the park, using it as a venue to meet friends and a place to sit for a break.
Councillor Rob Green, chair of the Green Spaces Committee, said: “The survey results have been enormously helpful to us in understanding how people feel about the sites that we manage. It’s great to hear so many positive comments about the work that our Green Spaces team do.
“We have reviewed the initial results and will be following up on some ideas suggested such as providing benches and more dog waste bins and introducing more measures to encourage wildlife such as bird boxes.”
To find out more about the survey results click here.
Stroud’s own Nature Reserve
Five facts you may not know about the old cemetery nature reserve:
- Rare moths have been found including the little Batia lunaris. Only 28 of the species have even been spotted in Gloucestershire in the past 15 years – one in Bisley Road Cemetery.
- More than 270 different kinds of plants and animals are found here.
- The cemetery was originally planted by a local nurseryman in the 1850s. He created an elaborate garden with exotic trees and shrubs such as Lawson Cypress, Chinese Thuja and Portugal Laurel.
- Rufous grasshoppers are one of the more unusual insects found here. They can jump up to 20 times the length of their body.
- It is home to three rare lichens which thrive on the old gravestones.