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Laurie Lee Wood

Laurie Lee Wood is a beautiful ancient woodland, over three hectares bursting with an abundance of native flora and fauna, including rare species such as white helleborine, with bluebells in spring. It is next door to the Trusts' Swift’s Hill nature reserve.

The Slad Valley is a magical place, made extra special for so many of us through Laurie Lee’s classic, Cider with Rosie. Thanks to the enduring appeal of his work, Laurie Lee draws visitors from all over the world.

The nature reserve was opened by Jessy and Kathy Lee on the 26th June 2013, a year ahead of Laurie Lee’s centenary celebrations. Laurie Lee Wood is the fourth nature reserve of the Trust's in the Slad Valley and can be linked to the circular walk, the Slad Valley Wildlife Way (a leaflet is available).

We are looking forward to discovering what wildlife is in the new Laurie Lee Wood. 

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Elliott (Swift's Hill)
0 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Snows Farm
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Frith Wood
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Knapp Lane Elcombe
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3.00 hectares
Ancient Woodland

Walking information
The reserve has a path through it which is steep and uneven, there is a bench in the middle of the nature reserve.
Parking is available at Elliott (Swift's Hill) nature reserve next door.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333