Wildflower meadows are full of colour and provide vital habitats for bees, butterflies, small animals, insects, birds and other wildlife. More of us are turning patches of our gardens into wildflower habitats and No Mow May is a popular campaign. Add in the drive over recent years for farmers to help biodiversity and wildlife by … Continue reading How annual maintenance of wildflower meadows encourages biodiversity
We need your help to keep our local green spaces tidy! Four events, each lasting 2 hours, have been planned during August and September for our Keep Stocksbridge Tidy project: 1. Saturday 7th August (10am - 12pm) - Pot House Wood Meet by the gate at the bottom of the dip on Alpine Road, S36 … Continue reading Join us on a community litter pick
We need your help… Are you interested in the countryside? Do you want to do something satisfying which helps your local environment? Would you like to build new friendships and learn new skills? “Joining SVP has given me the opportunity to socialise with fellow volunteers, learn new skills and gain qualifications.” The Steel Valley Project … Continue reading Conservation volunteers needed
We were pleased to welcome a new member of staff to the Steel Valley Project at the end of March this year. Emma Holdsworth joined us after completing a natural flood management project with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Her background includes working with The Conservation Volunteers, delivering environmental education, and she brings experience in land management, … Continue reading A big welcome to our new Environmental Project Officer and volunteers
Earlier this summer, the Steel Valley Project welcomed a new Environmental Project Officer, Andy Kearsey, to the team. Andy used to run his own land management business in North Devon and, also previously worked at Natural England, The RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Through this work, he's gained lots … Continue reading Volunteering: conservation and countryside management
“I’ve made friends and gained confidence working in a team.” - Steel Valley Project Volunteer - This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and whilst the 2019 theme is body image, it's still a great opportunity to talk about health and wellness in general. There have been lots of studies over the years about how … Continue reading Volunteering can benefit your health
We have a great team of volunteers here at the Steel Valley Project, some who have been with us for years and others who joined us relatively recently. Earlier this year, Paul French was looking at local volunteering opportunities on a website and found the Steel Valley Project. He'd already seen the work which we'd … Continue reading Volunteering with the Steel Valley Project? “Give it a try!”
If you’ve seen any of our previous blog posts or social media, you’ll know that here at the Steel Valley Project, we rely on a regular team of volunteers to carry out the work we do on practical conservation tasks and community events. However, you might have wondered what’s in it for the volunteers themselves … Continue reading Why volunteer with the Steel Valley Project?
The Steel Valley Project has a number of Trustees whose role is to oversee our management and administration. They also ensure that we have a clear strategy and that any work undertaken is in line with our overall vision. One of our longer serving Trustees is Krys Craik who first joined us 25 years ago. … Continue reading What is the role of a Steel Valley Project Trustee?
Here at the Steel Valley Project, we rely heavily on our team of volunteers - from working on practical conservation tasks at local nature sites, right through to involvement in environmental education sessions with local schools and communities. How do I become a volunteer? We advertise for volunteers in a wide variety of places - … Continue reading The first month in the life of a Steel Valley Project volunteer