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Woodland to be managed by community group

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A community group is set to take charge of woodland near Stroud.

The Friends of Frith Wood will manage the part of the wood owned by Chalford Parish Council, making sure it is good for wildlife and able to deal with climate change.

More than sixty people met in Frith Wood to celebrate what it means to them and how it had helped the community through Covid. Memories were shared and a Tree of Life was decorated by people ranging from two to 92 years old.

Proceedings were aided by the Ragged and Old Morris Dancers. Siobhan Baillie MP opened the event and gave her support.

At the event the number one priority voted for by those attending was to make sure that none of the wood went for sale out of the community or for development.

Sophie Carabine, who coordinated the event, said: ‘It was wonderful to see so many people clearly stating their commitment to the wood into the future. Now is the time to work together to care for this wonderful green asset loved by so many local people – and their dogs.”

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