Gloucestershire College Forest of Dean Campus gets £2.6 million

This project requires a £2.6m investment to cover a shortfall in total funding of £14.8m to build a brand new Further Education (FE) college campus in the Forest of Dean (FOD) to enhance and extend FE provision in the area. The current college site is nearing the end of its economic life and without this investment FE provision may not … Read More

Sleepers arrived from Nicks Timber

Nicks Timber Gloucester

Well, this morning the sleepers from Nicks Timber Gloucester arrived together with a giant of a man who carried them all around to the garden on his shoulders. Vanda did ask him if he could stay for the weekend to help putting them in which made him laugh. Great service from another local supplier So this weekend the base for … Read More

Grateful thanks to Hale & Co

More progress on the Garden shed Today we had a delivery of 4 tons of 20mm chippings delivered by local company Hale and Co Timber and Builders Merchant . We always like to try and use local companies and this time it was a wise decision. It was delivered in 24 hours and the skilful driver ( Adrian ) managed to crane … Read More

Minister asked to step in over Forest of Dean college shambles

SAJID Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has been asked to step in and sort out the ‘shambles’ surrounding plans for a new college campus in Cinderford. Frustrated by years of delays, West Dean Parish Council, which hopes to take over the current college site at Berry Hill, has written to Mr Javid asking him to … Read More

New ‘protector of the forest’ elected in Forest of Dean

Rich Daniels, who was recently awarded an MBE for his services to the forest, is one of four verderers of the forest. The verderers’ role is to protect trees and wildlife in the district. They also form a court which meets four times a year. The role is for life. Mr Daniels said he was “elated” to win the show-of-hands … Read More

Loving my wood burning Stove

wood burning Stove

wood burning Stove Both Vanda and I love this area but it has to be said that in the winter it gets extremely cold. It did cost a fair bit to get the chimney checked and install the wood burning Stove but it was worth every penny. It gives a welcoming glow when you come in and the warmth helps … Read More

Cinderford first to offer free wifi

Cinderford Forest of Dean

Cinderford is the first forest town to offer free wifi to residents and visitors. The Town Council project will provide an hour free wifi each day to people in the Triangle at the heart of Cinderford. Free wifi will also be available in the Town Council offices and meeting rooms at the Belle Vue Centre. Since joining the council in … Read More

A wonderful day in the garden

Yesterday was a wonderful sunny day and we managed to get lots of jobs done. After we sat in the sunshine enjoying cups of coffee. The weather has certainly been up and down as you can see from the photos shown here.

The Folks who live on the hill

Well, we do live nearly on top of a steep hill. Although we didn’t build that cottage for 2 we did manage to find a lovely little cottage ( Fuschia Cottage ) which suits us very well. I’ve included a video of the fabulous Peggy Lee singing this marvelous song        

More progress in the garden

We are making good progress now. The old shed pictured left has now been demolished and I have taken down 1 of our compost bins to make room for the new shed. The compost in the redundant bin has been sieved over the garden and we have some new strawberries under a cloche all ready for planting out. My new … Read More