Rodborough Fields & Frome Banks are woven into the historical, social, physical and emotional fabric, not only of Rodborough, but of Stroud and the Five Valleys.
A Key Wildlife Site
The fields are a fine example of a traditional hay meadow. In the summer they are ablaze with wild flowers such as Ox-eye Daisy, Buttercup, Knapweed and Clover, attracting many species of butterfly and other insects.
The clear, unpolluted waters of the Frome and its wonderful tree-lined banks provide for birds including Kingfisher, Dipper and Grey Wagtail. Mammals include several species of Bat and Otter.
The fields are the site of a Medieval ridge and furrow farming system. They are the ‘racking fields’ shown in the significant historical painting of Stroud, where cloth from the dye- works at Capel Mill was dried in rows on ‘tenterhooks’.
Character of the Stroud Valleys
Rodborough Fields are within the AONB – these areas are vital for the character of the Stroud Valleys and the aspect of the AONB. The land is identified as a Key Wildlife Site of county importance.
With the national decline in wildflower meadows and wildlife habitats the whole area of Rodborough Fields & Frome Banks Nature Reserve are increasingly important to to the community and visitors to the Cotswolds AONB.
Amenity & Tourism
Although just a stone’s throw from the town, Frome Banks has a unique character and atmosphere. It is a little gem of a place. The ecology of Frome Banks has been recognised with its establishment as a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, complete with play area, bat and bird box installations and regular activities.
Many people use the footpaths that cross the fields and those along Frome Banks. These have existed for centuries. The fields are an important amenity for the residents of Rodborough, Stroud and vital for leisure, education and tourism.
How you can help preserve and enjoy this area
The Rodborough Fields & Frome Banks Preservation Group is working with others to secure its future as a valuable community asset, green space and key wildlife site. We support development in line with the local plan and planning guidelines.