A Stroud couple who successfully saved a field from potential development have turned it into a wildlife sanctuary.

Mike and Gerry Carter, from Bussage, bought the land last year after it came up for sale.

"It is located directly opposite our home and there was a huge amount of interest in its potential for development," said Mr Carter.

"We felt very strongly that we should prevent building from taking place as it is part of an outstanding and much cherished view from our home."

The couple had the novel idea of planting a wildflower meadow, employing lawn and wildflower meadow specialist David Anslow to do the planting.

"In wanting to protect the land, we realised we needed to create something worthwhile for the environment and for the area," Mr Carter said.

Now the flowers have come into bloom, the couple are reaping the stunning results of their novel idea.

"Everyone who comes past stops and just stares in amazement at the beauty of the meadow, Mrs Carter added.

"Naturally, the meadow is attracting many bees and butterflies and we are inviting beekeepers who may wish to manage their hives on the site to get in touch," she said.

The Carters will be welcoming visitors to the meadow during their open weekend of July 27 and 28 (2-6pm).

All proceeds will be in aid of new toilet facilities at St Michaels and All Saints Parish Church.

  • Includes plant sale
  • Entry cost: £5 (accompanied children under 11 free) to include access to garden, wildflower meadow, a glass of wine, tea/coffee or a soft drink, and a piece of cake.
  • Parking along The Ridge, Bussage.
  • Directions: in relation to The Ram at Bussage, come out of the pub and turn right and we are around 200m up on the right (wildflower meadow directly opposite).