Community events

Friends of Horsbere Brook work days

We meet to help with management activities at Horsbere Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme. 

Fencing in Cliff's Wood

  • Wednesday 29th June - 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

We will be finishing fencing of Cliff's Wood to allow grazing of the site during the Autumn. We will be building and installing a bench in the woodland. Cliff's Wood is along the main farm track on the left hand side before the farm gate. For further information please contact felicity.davies@gloucester.gov.uk or phone 01452 303 206

Fencing in The Long Meadow

  • Friday 1st July - 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Friday 22nd July - 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Sunday 24th July - 1 - 4 pm

We will be replacing fallen fencing the Long Meadow, trimming will also be needed for those who don’t fancy the fencing! We will also be pulling ragwort (so please bring gloves and long sleeves). Meet by the main gate at the start time or find us in the Long Meadow. For further information please contact felicity.davies@gloucester.gov.uk or phone 01452 303 206

Seed Collecting on The Mound

  • Wednesday 6th July 9:30 - 12:30 pm
  • Friday 15th July 9:30 - 12:30 pm

Join us collecting wildflower seeds from The Mound. The seeds will be sown later in the season in Cliff's Wood. Find us on The Mound. For further information please contact felicity.davies@gloucester.gov.uk or phone 01452 303 206

Friends of Hucclecote work days

For events at Green Lane please meet by the kissing gate off Laxton Road, for events at Hucclecote Meadows please meet by the main field gate on Lobleys Drive, or find us in the fields. Please bring a drink for half time.

Tree Care — Hucclecote Meadows SSSI

  • Friday 8th July 9:30 am - 12:30 

We will be caring for our newly planted hedgerow trees - checking guards and weeding. Meet by the main entrance at 9:30 am or find us in the hedges.

Path Edges — Hucclecote Meadows SSSI

  • Friday 12th August 9:30 am - 12:30 

We will be lightly trimming path edges around the main meadows. Meet by the main entrance at 9:30 am or find us around the edge of the meadows.

Hedge Laying - Hucclecote Meadows

  • Friday 9th September 9:30 am - 12:30

We will be laying a small section of hedge in the far SSSI field. We will also be trimming and litter picking. Meet by the main entrance at 9:30 am or find us in far field by the metal kissing gate in the large SSSI field.

Further updates and information about the reserves can be found on Facebook @FriendsofHorsberebrook and @FriendsofHucclecoteMeadows

For further information please contact felicity.davies@gloucester.gov.uk

Flourishing Floodplains Wildflower Workshops


Ever wanted to learn how to grow our native wildflowers?


Join local wildflower nursery Ecohab Wildflowers and the Flourishing Floodplains project to learn about growing local flora of the Severn Vale floodplains.

The Flourishing Floodplains project aims to work with local landowners and communities to help restore the Severn Vale’s threatened floodplain habitats, so they can once again help prevent flooding, provide strongholds for wildlife, improve water and soil quality, store carbon and bring people closer to nature.

As part of this project we are running 3 workshops in Spring, Summer and Autumn to give you all the skills you will need to successfully sow, grow and plant out wildflowers to enhance your local area with native wildflower habitats. We won’t be expecting you to create whole meadows but every patch of wildflowers, however big or small, is important.
Each workshop will run twice, from 10am to 4pm, on the 25th July 5th or 6th and September 13th or 14th. Ideally you will be able to attend a workshop in each session to gain all the techniques and knowledge that you will need.

Workshop 1, Spring – Growing wildflower plug plants – the tricks of the trade.
• Learn about general principles of wildflower plug plant growing
• Potting up plug plants and sowing seeds in trays in our polytunnel.

Workshop 2, Summer- Out and about wildflower seed collecting. 
• Seed collecting, drying and processing.
• Wildflower ID and seed collecting and harvesting techniques

Workshop 3, Autumn- How to establish wildflowers. 
• How to create and restore wildflower meadows. Small-scale and large-scale techniques
• Checking on health of plug plants sown in spring and potted on plug plants. Seed sowing techniques
• Possible plug planting in one of the Flourishing Floodplain restoration sites

The workshops are free and will take place on a farm just outside Gloucester, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


For more information and to book a place please contact Sue Kinsey. Sue.kinsey@wwt.org.uk or 07901 575356

This project is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

Get Creative with the Flourishing Floodplain Meadows Project

As part of the Flourishing Floodplains project the WWT, Slimbridge, are planning to work with a local artist and community groups to create a piece of artwork based around our amazing local floodplain meadows and their flora and fauna. Hucclecote Meadows and Alney Island LNR will be used for inspiration - together with your help and ideas! The finished work would be displayed in Gloucester. We are currently planning to display it in Eastgate Shopping centre, where we hope it will excite people’s interest and inspire them to want to know more about our wonderful local area. All artistic abilities are welcome as this will be a cooperative creative work! 

Artist Ella, will be leading the project. Her previous projects include a co-created mural project she did with The Venture in White City.

If you are interested in being a part of this or want to know more, please contact sue.kinsey@wwt.org.ok 

Friends of Robinswood Hill Volunteers' Working Party

We help the Rangers with their conservation work on the hill, mainly clearing scrub and clearing footpaths.   When the birds are not nesting we can be found hacking at undergrowth and having huge bonfires enjoyed by all.  Cleaning up some of the wellheads and putting in benches and oiling the wood sculptures have also been on the agenda.

We meet on the 1st Thursday of every month except July and August when most people are busy with holidays etc. We meet at 2pm every month except in December and January when we meet at 1pm.  If you cannot do the full two hours that is fine, just do what you can and rest whenever you feel the need.  Of course you do not need to attend every time, we all have lives to lead, so just come when you can. Tea/coffee and cakes are provided at half time!

We meet at various locations on the hill depending on what the Rangers decide needs doing, The Rangers provide all the equipment, all you need to bring is a stout pair of shoes or boots, some thick gloves and protective/warm clothing. 

For further information please contact supurnell@virginmedia.com  or 07837674770

If you would like to join us send your name, e-mail address and telephone number I will put your name on the Working Party volunteer list and contact you near the time of the next meeting.

Alney Island History Walks

Alney Island just 10 minutes walk from Gloucester Cross, has been a place of execution, riot, rebellion, tragic events and disagreement. Learn more by joining one of the popular Alney Asland History walks led by Tony Conder.

These will be held on -

  • Saturday July 16th 11am
  • Saturday August 27th 2.30pm

The walks cost £6. To book email tours@gloucestercivictrust.org call or text 07899804853. The walks start from across the footbridge over the river just behind the Lock Warehouse.

These walks have been arranged by Friends of Alney Island in conjunction with Gloucester Civic Trust

Countryside Unit​ - Robinswood Hill Country Park Reservoir Road Gloucester, GL4 6SX Tel: 01452 303 206

countryside@gloucester.gov.uk

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