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Campaigners meet to fight Slad Valley building plans

Gloucestershire author Laurie Lee was inspired by the landscape of Slad Valley. Credit: ITV West Country

People who live near Stroud are meeting tonight to discuss a planning application which could see 20 houses built on Slad Valley - the piece of land which inspired Gloucestershire author Laurie Lee.

The residents are worried that construction would lead to further developments.

The plan was submitted by Gladstone Developers, whose bigger plans have already been rejected.

The meeting is being held at 7.30pm tonight, Thursday, 26 November, at the Wesley Rooms in St Alban’s Church, Stroud.

Laurie Lee's 'Rosie' dies

Author Laurie Lee Credit: PA Archive

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.


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Laurie Lee's wood to be sold to conservationists

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.