Rosie Buckland, thought to be Laurie Lee's Rosie Green, has died just days before her 100th birthday.
Rosie, who lived in Cheltenham, died on Saturday. She said she was never sure whether she was in fact the 'Rosie' in Cider With Rosie, but would be proud to be.
Mrs Buckland’s maiden name was Gleed and was cousin to Laurie Lee, who died in 1997.
A wood will be officially opened this afternoon in the name of author and nature-lover Laurie Lee. The nature reserve, in the Slad Valley, was once owned by Mr Lee. Thousands of donations by the public have allowed the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to buy and secure it.
The daughter of the Cider with Rosie author Laurie Lee says her father would have been glad that a wood he owned will be sold to conservationists. Jessie Lee says her family need to sell the wood in Slad Valley, Gloucestershire, because they can no longer manage its upkeep.
An appeal has been launched by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to buy it. They already own the adjacent nature reserve.