Grundon kick starts appeal to create ‘Laurie Lee Wood’

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is launching an appeal to safeguard a woodland once owned and loved by author and nature-lover Laurie Lee, author of the best-selling ‘Cider with Rosie’. Trantershill Wood, in the Slad Valley is being sold and the Trust has a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect this piece of literary heritage.

“We urgently need to raise £35,000 to safeguard Trantershill Wood” Says Dr. Gordon McGlone, CEO Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. “I can think of no other campaign like this, where we have the chance not only to protect a vital piece of habitat, but also to commemorate publicly a great man’s contribution to the nation’s literature.”

Trantershill Wood is a superb example of ancient woodland, over three hectares bursting with an abundance of native flora and fauna, including rare species, such as white helleborine and carpets of bluebells in spring. The woodland is next to the Trust’s existing nature reserve Swift’s Hill, and together will create over 13 hectares of living landscape in the Stroud Valleys.

“I’m convinced that Laurie, would have been delighted knowing that the future of his beloved woods is hopefully going to be secured, and that the Trust can protect this precious woodland for the benefit of the environment, wildlife and for future generations to enjoy” said Jessy Lee, Laurie Lee’s daughter.

Already the Trust has been pledged £5,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund from Grundon Waste Management to kick start the fundraising campaign.

“To many people, the writings of Laurie Lee – the author and well known naturalist – personify the splendour of the Gloucestershire countryside” said Richard Skehens, Chief Executive Officer of Grundon.

“Grundon is delighted to support the Trust’s fundraising campaign to maintain this ancient woodland for the long term enjoyment of future generations. We would encourage local businesses and individuals alike to support GWT in its quest to safeguard this valuable site.”

Postscript (added 2013-07-05):

Laurie Lee Wood, was officially opened as a Nature Reserve on 26th June 2013 by his widow Kathy and daughter Jessy.

Richard Skehens looks on as Kathy Lee and daughter Jessy cut the ribbon

Today’s event is about celebrating the joy of the natural world, and securing Laurie’s beloved woods for future generations to enjoy, said Jessy Lee, Laurie Lee’s daughter. My mother and I are delighted that this special part of our threatened valley is in now in such safe hands.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust received an outstanding response to its appeal to buy the woodland, once owned and loved by author and nature-lover Laurie Lee, back in January, receiving almost 1,000 donations.

Grundon’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Skehens was present at the opening. He said: “We are delighted to have helped Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to raise the money needed to safeguard this wonderful nature reserve. We’re very happy to continue to support the Trust in its work in Gloucestershire through the Landfill Communities Fund.”

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is a countywide charity which manages 60 nature reserves covering over 2,000 acres in addition to identifying key sites of nature importance. Its aim is to secure a natural environment which the people of Gloucestershire and visitors to the area can enjoy for generations to come. The Trust has a local membership of over 27,500 people and works with 500 regular volunteers who give their time to support its work.

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