This is the true story of how the Forest of Dean came to be
This is a desperately sad love story that I wrote with the children of Woolaston and Lydney Severnbanks schools back in 2007. you can get a copy here:
It was part of a European Comenius project to create fairy tales based on our localities.
There used to be a a sculpture in the Forest called the Giant’s Chair. It became unsafe and has been pulled down and turned into charcoal now, but it used to sit high above Coleford. Made of Giant Oak tree trunks, it was our starting point for the story. Who was the Giant that sat on that chair? The story grew and grew.
I went for a lovely walk in the Forest with my daughter today. We had just finished filling our containers with about 3 lbs of blackberries when my daughter spotted, with her keen hunter’s ear, three Stags, really quite close by. The biggest stood it’s ground and watched us as I slowly got my phone out, switched it on, found the camera app, turned that on and waited for it to warm up and then zoomed in and finally took this picture. Then it decided it had had enough and ran off with the others. It was very dark compared to the one of the others, which was a normal fawn/red deer colour. Very exciting to be so close.
Hooray! The Government seem to have seen sense and appear to have completely pulled out of the Forestry sell-off scheme. I’m sure there are a load of upset bankers who are wondering what they are now going to do with all their quanitativley-eased bonuses, but I’m not really bothered about them.
Good – that’s one bit of nonsense over and done with. Now we can put all our energy into the nonsense that is library closures. When will this Government realise that it’s Big Society is quite happy with the way things are run already. The Big Society says: No to change for changes sake.