Stratford park in the snow

The Project

Contract Value: £514K
Contract Date: 2013 – 2020

idverde became responsible for the maintenance of Stratford Park in 2008 and since then the team has embarked on a series of initiatives in partnership with Stroud District Council to increase biodiversity levels in Stratford Park.

In charge of the execution of the biodiversity strategy and incremental to its success has been Stratford Park’s contract supervisor for idverde, Mike McCrea.

idverde has worked closely with local groups and Stroud District Council to devise a biodiversity strategy for the park.  This strategy included changes to the maintenance regimes with the aim of enhancing existing habitats and creating new ones for local wildlife. A nest box scheme was introduced in 2009 to encourage hole-nesting birds such as Nuthatch, and boxes were also installed to attract birds of prey.

In 2011, the first pair of Little Owls bred in the park for many years and in 2012 breeding pairs of Green Woodpeckers and Sparrowhawks moved into the park.

In 2012, idverde team created a new dipping pond and butterfly garden in the park, providing a new point of interest for visitors to the park as well as a habitat for wildlife.  The Old Orangery has also been given a new lease of life with a planting scheme designed to attract butterflies and bees, planted with the help of students from the adjacent Stroud College.

Prior to 2008, there was very little scientific study in the park but Mike’s team now record and monitor biodiversity and have seen a number of species return to the park and flourish. Mike works in partnership with the Museum in the Park to host wildlife events such as ‘Moth Nights’ to get people interested in the biodiversity on their doorstep.

To promote the success of the biodiversity plan and events, idverde took part in the annual Stroud Festival of Nature, held in Stratford Park on September 8th 2012.  Visitors to the stand were able to take part in a nature trail designed to showcase the improved management of the park, and guided tours run by Mike.

Stratford Park won a prestigious BALI Award in 2010 and achieved Gold in the 2012 In Bloom Awards. Stratford Park was specifically mentioned in the judge’s comments as Stroud’s ‘jewel in the crown’.  In addition, Mike and his team were honoured by the town in the 2012 Stroud in Bloom Awards.