The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is delighted to receive funding from two historic and prestigious local organisations; The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust and the Lydney-based Watts Group.

The funding will support new artworks arriving on the Trail in 2016.

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Image: (Left) Andrew Stonyer, Chair of Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust (Right) John Thurston, Trustee of Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust and Chair of Watts Group

John Thurston, Chair of the Watts Group and Trustee of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Trust visited the Sculpture Trail to represent both companies.

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is a major economic and heritage asset to the Forest of Dean. My Uncles John and Melville Watts were both Verderers and thus great supporters of the Forest of Dean its Ancient Woodlands and Historic traditions.

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail draws in people of all ages and from all parts of the world to enjoy the Forest and raise awareness and understanding of the Dean’s unique heritage” John Thurston, Chair of Watts Group and Trustee of The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust.

John Thurston met with Andrew Stonyer, Chair of the Board of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust to present a cheque and view a temporary entrance sign announcing the new sculpture plans for the Trail.

This generous donation from the Watts Group and the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, two very prestigious local organisations, is greatly welcomed. Although the Sculpture Trail attracts a significant national and international audience, we especially value the large number of visitors who continue to come from the local area” Andrew Stonyer, Chair, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust.

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The Watts Group employs over 200 people in the UK. Group activities include a network of commercial vehicle dealer locations in South Wales, two manufacturing businesses producing polyurethane and thermoplastic sheet, and a property business.

Established in 1851, the Watts Group is still a family-owned business. The head office remains in the Gloucestershire town of Lydney, where it was founded www.watts-group.co.uk

It has a proud history and an enviable reputation built on more than a century of innovation and achievement.

The group is passionate and dedicated to its people, businesses and community responsibilities.

The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust aims to promote Gloucestershire values and the interests of the county by supporting industry, commerce, sport, education and the arts, by demonstrating leadership and influence, and by encouraging debate.www.honcoglos.org