Growing Communities at Gloucester Services

If you’ve visited Gloucester Services on the M5 you may have relaxed by the tranquillity of the ponds or enjoyed a countryside stroll around the site to stretch your legs, but you might not know that just up the path from the dog walk on the Northbound Services are three acres of land managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (with the help of GL Communities) for the benefit of local communities, colleagues, customers, and of course, wildlife.

Volunteers from local residents groups, schools and businesses have all helped create this special wild place and it has hosted tree planting courses, community flag displays and away days for local organisations alongside our gardening and growing activities.

We also worked  with colleagues from Gloucester Services to create a wellbeing area for them to enjoy on breaks, with aromatic and sensual herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary, housed in hexagonal beds made by GL Communities.

The space is a great vantage point with views across the Severn Vale, May Hill, Robinswood Hill and the wider Cotswolds, we’re delighted to share this space with colleagues, motorway travellers and community visitors for a place to rest, picnic and enjoy the natural environment which feels a million miles away from the motorway. 

We’re planning to introduce more arts and culture into the space in the coming year, so next time you’re visiting Gloucester Services Northbound, please feel free to pop by and enjoy.