KEMPLEY’S Centenary Glade project will form part of the centenary anniversary celebrations of the Forestry Commission, with a mass planting planned for March 1.

The joint event, which will see the planting of 500 trees, has been timed to coincide with St David’s Day and the start of the wild daffodil season in the celebrated golden triangle area, near Dymock, Kempley and Oxenhall.

Chris Bligh, project director for Dymock Forest Rural Action said the Centenary Glade project would take “giant leaps forward into 2019”.

He added: “With the Commission’s outstanding support we are holding this joint event, starting on St David’s Day at Queens Wood Kempley carpark, from 10am to 2pm.”

Mr Bligh added: “The Forestry Commission this year celebrates 100 years since forming after the Great War. The Centenary Glade project engages the people of the Golden Triangle on the Hereford/ Gloucester border, “to nurture a shared forest unlike any other”.

Local primary school, Women’s Institutes, parish councillors and landscape contractors are all involved.

Those taking part on the day will send “a very strong message about our commitment to the Dymock Forest and our community”.

Meanwhile, The Forestry Commission is welcoming comments for a draft consultation document called “Our Shared Forest, which is a land management plan for the Forest of Dean, including Dymock Forest.

Mr Bligh said: “This is important for Dymock Forest Rural Action new programme direction; we ask you to consider how important the Public Forest is to your work and play in the Forest of Dean. please reference comments to better managing the ecology of our landscape, and perhaps how preserving ancient woodlands does something fundamental to mitigate climate change impacts and support biodiversity.”

Comments must be in by February 28.

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