Hamwell Leaze, Cashes Green, GL5
Hamwell Leaze is one of very few public open spaces in the parish and is situated off Hyett Road. The three acre site is a green space in the densely built up area of Cashes Green which is surprisingly quiet and peaceful with all sorts of wildlife.
The Ruscombe Brook forms the eastern boundary of the site and the Parish. The brook flows under the viaduct, past the fire station where it goes underground and emerges at the Lawns and thence into the canal.
The copse area is relatively inaccessible for much of the year, certainly it is no longer possible to reach the viaduct, however the Council has installed a boardwalk at the start of the copse to extend the footpath alongside the brook. The boardwalk is made of recycled plastic, making it more robust and environmentally friendly.
The ecology of the site, which consists of a meadow, hedgerows, brambles and a willow copse supports numerous butterflies, birds and insects. Brambles are good for nesting birds and a patch of nettles is kept near the willow copse for butterflies such as tortoiseshells and red admirals.
You may spot Kingfishers, Dippers, Jays, Bull finches and Song Thrushes. You may also find Slow Worms, which like the Sunny Slopes or Grass Snakes in the 'Snake Hotel'.
For further information about Stroud Valleys Project go to www.stroudvalleysproject.org.uk
A footpath runs from east to west, making a short cut for Archway pupils, being one of three paths in the parish linking Cashes Green to Paganhill.