It is one of only three cemeteries in the country that is classified as a nature reserve.
Grass is kept long in the summer to encourage wildlife such as insects, reptiles and birds. Wildflowers, such as oxeye daisies, Scabious and valerian, are allowed to grow and bloom to encourage insects and bees.
One area is awash with meadow flowers such as daisies, clover and golden rod.
To mark its 25th anniversary Stroud Valleys Project volunteers recently planted a seasonal meadow on a bund at the cemetery in Horns Road. The top of the bund has been planted with hedging and the banks with cornflowers.
Stroud Cemetery was developed more than 150 years ago after other burial grounds in the town had become dangerous to health. William Lewis, a pauper from the neighbouring Union Workhouse, was the first person to be interred on the 4th September 1856.
For the past 20 years the site has been managed by Stroud Town Council in partnership with its owners Stroud District Council.
“Nature reserves such as this are so vital in the centre of town. What we are aiming to create is a wonderful wildlife haven that can also be enjoyed by walkers,” said Jim Mathison, Green Spaces manager.