If you hadn’t guessed it, we are enthusiasts about Gloucestershire’s landscapes, wildlife and heritage. By supporting the products and producers who also value their county, we hope you’ll join the celebration of the best of Gloucestershire too.
As well as Meet the Producers, here are links to some of the charities and organisations which care for the area’s valued landscapes, wildlife and heritage. Take a look and enjoy what Gloucestershire has to offer….
The Conservation Volunteers (Gloucestershire)
The Conservation Volunteers helps people each year to reclaim local green places. Through the Conservation Volunteers, people are trained and then provided with opportunities to help manage wildlife habitats and local green spaces in the county.
Cotswold Water Park Trust
The Cotswold Water Park straddles Gloucestershire’s boundary with Wiltshire. It is a fascinating area of 150 lakes created from gravel extraction in recent decades. The reclaimed lakes have produced a distinct landscape of water features, some of which are used for leisure and water activities and others for nature reserves. There are walkways, bird hides and water sports available throughout the area. The staff and volunteers of the Cotswold Water Park Trust do a wonderful job of managing the nature reserves, country parks and other facilities. They also offer educational sessions and events for people to learn about the geology, wildlife and history of this special part of the county. Check their web site for latest news and events.
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Board
The Cotswolds Conservation Board is a statutory body that conserves and improves the natural beauty of the Cotswolds AONB. It promotes the natural environment of the Cotswolds as an integral part of the area’s social and economic wellbeing.
Gloucestershire Branch – Campaign to Protect Rural England
CPRE Gloucestershire celebrates the landscape of the county and defends it from inappropriate developments. It promotes good quality development which is in character with the local landscape.
Gloucestershire Orchard Trust
The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust helps conserve and celebrate traditional orchards in the county, which are an iconic part of the Gloucestershire landscape. The Trust provides information on creating and restoring traditional orchards, learning orchard skills as well as providing a wealth of information on Gloucestershire fruit varieties. Gloucestershire Hampers will donate £1 from the sale of each of its Gloucestershire Orchard range – Goodies, Sweet Treats and Tipples to help with the Trust’s current fund-raising initiative to safeguard historic orchards at Longney. Check out their website to see if you can help too!
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust works throughout the county to provide wildlife knowledge and expertise, from ecological consultancy to wildlife advice. It manages over 60 nature reserves which you can visit throughout the county across a range of habitats including wetlands in the Severn Vale, cliff-hugging woodlands along the River Wye, heathland in the Forest of Dean, wild daffodils around Newent, flower filled meadows in the Cotswolds, lakes in the Cotswold Water Park and ancient woodlands in the Stroud valley.
Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
Gloucestershire FWAG is a network of farmers and landowners who manage their land in ways which help their local area’s valued wildlife.
National Trust (Gloucestershire)
The National Trust preserves and protects historic places and green spaces, for ever, for everyone.
The National Trust owns and manages several iconic house and gardens in the county, including Hidcote gardens in the Cotswolds, Chedworth Roman Villa, and Westbury Court Gardens in the Forest of Dean. It also owns and manages several inspiring countryside locations which offer stunning views and walking opportunities for visitors. On the Cotswold escarpment, Crickley Hill has extensive views all the way to the Welsh Hills. Rodborough Common, Minchinhampton Common and Selsley common are open grassland landscapes which all overlook Stroud and its converging valleys. May Hill near Newent has a wide expanse of open grassland, bracken and gorse with panoramic views north to Herefordshire and south to the meandering mighty River Severn.
The government’s adviser on the natural environment, Natural England helps protect wildlife, landscape and the marine environment. Check out their website to find information on Gloucestershire’s National Nature Reserves and the Cotswold Way National Trail.
Stroud Valleys Partnership
The Stroud Valleys Project works with local communities to protect and improve the area’s local environment and wildlife.
Tewkesbury Battlefield Society
The Tewkesbury Battlefield Society works to preserve, promote and interpret the history, archaeology and natural history of the sites associated with the 1471 battle for the present and future generations. The fantastic statues on the A38 at the Stonehills roundabout are a brilliant interpretation of the battle’s outcome and commemoration.
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival is probably the largest free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe attracting re-enactors, traders, entertainers, and visitors from all over the world. In July each year it re-creates the decisive Wars of the Roses Battle of Tewkesbury, on part of the site of the original 1471 battlefield. Many of the participants live as a medieval army in authentic encampments for the whole weekend so visitors can see the living history of medieval England close up.
Wetlands Trust – Slimbridge
WWT Slimbridge is a wetland reserve with a wide range of visitor facilities to enjoy for all ages and abilities. The centre provides accessible collections of birds and mammals to view at close quarters, fun activities for kids and youngsters, as well as tranquil bird hides providing experiences of the wilder landscapes and bird populations of the Severn, all managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.