June 26th 2014 marked the centenary of the birth of Laurie Lee, and here at the Trust we used this celebration to connect the work of Gloucestershire's most famous twentieth century writer and the landscape of the Slad Valley that inspired him.

Laurie Lee spent his childhood in the Slad Valley, which inspired his autobiographical novel Cider with Rosie. The landscape that inspired his work remains largely intact, as does his childhood home, the church, school house and the Woolpack Inn.

Buy a copy of the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way self-guided leaflet.

We have four nature reserves in the Slad Valley; Frith Wood, Snows Farm, Laurie Lee Wood and Swift's Hill, and this year, for the centenary of Laurie Lee's birth, we are installing 11 'poetry posts' throughout the Slad Valley inscribed with Laurie Lee's poetry. Funded by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Company through donations to the landfill tax credit scheme by Cory Environmental, the posts will punctuate a walk rich in wildlife and literary history.

In March John Craven visited the Slad Valley to discover more about the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way and got a sneak preview of the prototype poetry post.

Local historian and poet Stuart Butler has documented his visit to the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way here.

Visit the official Laurie Lee centenary page to find out more.