Farmers' market in Stroud. Gloucestershire. Attribution: Jongleur100
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Gloucestershire ( abbreviated Glos) is a ceremonial county in South West England. It is bordered by Herefordshire to the north-west, Worcestershire to the north, Warwickshire to the north-east, Oxfordshire to the east, Wiltshire to the south, Bristol and Somerset to the south-west, and the Welsh county of Monmouthshire to the west. The city of Gloucester is the largest settlement and the county town.

The county is predominantly rural, with an area of 3,150 square kilometres (1,220 sq mi) and a population of 916,212. After Gloucester (136,362) the largest distinct settlements are Cheltenham (116,447), Stroud (32,670), and Yate (30,022). In the south of the county, the areas around Filton and Kingswood are densely populated and part of Bristol built-up area. The county contains seven local government districts; six are part of a two-tier non-metropolitan county also called Gloucestershire, and the district of South Gloucestershire is a unitary area.

Gloucestershire is bisected by the river River Severn, which enters the county near Tewkesbury and forms a wide valley down its centre before broadening into a large tidal estuary. The hills to the east form the majority of the Cotswolds AONB, and the uplands to the west are part of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley AONB, which stretches into Wales.

Gloucestershire was likely established in the tenth century, and expanded to approximately its current borders in the eleventh. The county was relatively settled during the late Middle Ages, and contained several wealthy monasteries such as Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Hailes, and Cirencester; the Forest of Dean was also a major iron-producing region in this period. The city of Bristol became an independent county in 1373, by which point it was the third-largest in England. The county was not heavily industrialised during the Industrial Revolution, however the Port of Gloucester was expanded with new docks and the small Forest of Dean coalfield was exploited.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Climate action[edit | edit source]

  • Planet Cheltenham on twitter, hub space for people living in the town to explore ways in which to tackle climate change, fight social inequality and re-imagine a better future. added 13:27, 11 October 2021 (UTC)
  • GlosCAN, Gloucestershire Climate Action Network

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust - Stroud Valleys Project

Communities online[edit | edit source]

Cheltenham Connect

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Fair Shares, community time banks

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Gloucestershire Bike Project

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Friends of the Wilderness Centre, Forest of Dean

Localism[edit | edit source]

GLOSS FM is local radio for Thornbury and District, offering free local infomertials on-air for local not-for profit community initiatives

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Thornbury Give n Take on

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Cotswold Canals Trust, (Wikipedia): registered charity that aims to protect and restore the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames and Severn Canal.

News and comment[edit | edit source]


  • 'They just fit': Has the wild boar been over-culled?, (Jul 06, 2022) — Naturalists fear that boar are declining in the Forest of Dean. The controversial question, however, is how many should be there in the first place.
  • How Stroud council is encouraging renewables in its Local Plan, (Mar 09, 2022)


Have your say on how developments in Stroud should promote sustainable construction, Nov 10[1]

Stroud Valleys Showcase will celebrate very best of the Five Valley's green and sustainable projects, Sep 28[2]

New Green council chairman Norman Kay partners with climate change awareness project Transition Stroud, May 24[3]

An evening in Stroud: '10 years and beyond', May 9[4]

Work starts on Dursley hospital allotments scheme, Apr 20[5]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Past events[edit | edit source]


Oct 1 - 8 Stroud Valleys Showcase


June 27 - 28 Edible Open Gardens


September 20 - 21 Cheltenham Green Doors

September 20 Greener Gloucestershire Festival 2014

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Frack off our Forest on facebook

Near you[edit | edit source]

Stroud community action

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