Stroud Nature CIC opposes the proposed devlopment of over 100 houses on the site of Rodborough Fields, a traditional wildflower meadow, just ten minutes walk from Stroud town centre. The plans have been rejected twice by Stroud District Council and two appeals have followed. Both the fields and Frome Banks Nature Reserve which is adjacent to the fields are key wildife sites and critical as part of a green corridor that follows the River Frome and the Cotswold Canals along the valleys.
The fields are awash with colour in the summer months – Knapweed, Cat’s Ear, Ox-eye Daisy, Clover, Buttercup, Yellow Rattle, Common Spoted Orchid, Self Heal and more, attracting many butterflies – Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small Copper, Gatekeeper and other insects – grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, hoverflies and more.
The housing plans include the building of a two lane 100 metre long bridge that cuts through the Frome Banks Nature Reserve, off a busy by-pass. The reserve is home to Dipper, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Otter and many other birds and insects
The fields are also of significant historical and cultural importance. These are the racking fields of our towns most famous painting. Here the scarlet cloth, which made Stroud famous around the world, was hung out on tenterhooks to dry. The cloth was dyed in a mill on the river below.
The plans are opposed by a lare number of organiations – Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Stroud Valleys Project, CPRE, Cotswold Conservation Board, Plantlife, Rodborough Parish Council and Stroud Town Council among them. Opposition to the plans has been spearheaded by the Rodborough Fields Preservation Group.