Glendower cottage, the former home of Nailsworth poet WH Davies, is being restored and Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers are helping to turn its neglected garden into an orchard.

Glendower Cottage now has a viewThe Friends of Glendower’s co-ordinator Anthony R Burton, MBE, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, said: "As a retired person of some twenty years and involved in work-parties for Stroud Valleys Project, I can vouch for the immeasurable benefits that volunteering brought to me personally - physically, mentally and socially. I can see how unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged people’s self-esteem improves through volunteering, and how SVP’s community work is appreciated by local residents.”


Green Team hard at work“For the past two winters, SVP’s volunteers have helped the Friends of Glendower clear the garden of Glendower cottage at Watledge in Nailsworth, the former home of WH Davies, the Welsh Super-tramp poet who wrote those memorable words 'What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare'. The cottage is undergoing building restoration which will include a collection of the poet's works, whilst the garden is being planted out as an orchard with many varieties of heritage fruit trees. Both the cottage and garden will be made available for visitors by prior arrangement with Mr Norman Phillips, great nephew of the poet.” Green Team enjoying a tea break

What we are aiming for“SVP is thus providing a necessary opportunity for such visitors 'Time to stand and stare' at this charming valley-side site."

For more information about getting involved at Glendower or volunteering with Stroud Valleys Project contact SVP’s Biodiversity Officer Ivi Szaboova on 01453 753358.

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

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