Our Green Spaces Team is responsible for the day-to-day management of more than twenty-five green and open spaces around the town.
These range from formal parks such as Park Gardens and Bank Gardens, to playing fields such as those at Uplands and The Leazes; the town’s cemetery off Bisley Road; and informal sites such as those on Lower Street and the top of the High Street.
The Town Council has invested heavily in improving our sites in recent years. Public surveys have told us that the network of green spaces around the town are one of the most loved aspects of living in and visiting Stroud.
We have pursued a policy of acquiring important sites that add to the network of public open green space where there is a clear need, to protect them for future generations. In recent years we have bought The Long Ground, between Stratford Road and Cainscross Road from a developer, and the Trinity Pocket Park.
If you have any comments on our plans for any of the sites, if you feel there is something we have missed, or if you would like to get more involved in caring for Stroud’s green spaces, please contact us.
Town council owned smaller sites
1. Old Chapel Drive (The Chur)
2. Parliament Street burial ground
3. Summer Crescent wildlife area (The Grab)
4. Swifts Hill Triangle
5. The Long Ground
6. Lower Street
These smaller sites provide valuable public access to natural green spaces.
The management of these areas will balance their importance as natural habitats and their contribution to biodiversity with the requirements of public access.
Footpaths and verges
Our Green Spaces team regularly maintain a number of key public footpaths and verges on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The Council undertakes this work to ensure that these areas are kept tidy and look welcoming.
The Council supports Stroud’s status as a Walkers are Welcome town and conducts regular surveys of the town’s Public Rights of Way and footpaths to identify any maintenance or access issues.
The historic Sims Clock is maintained by our Green Spaces team on behalf of Stroud District Council.
The Brewery Bridge area at Wallbridge is temporarily being maintained by the Council as a public open space until such time as the future of this site has been determined.