A COMMEMORATIVE bench is to be unveiled on Rodborough Common to mark the death of the man who gifted it to the National Trust in 1937.

A ceremony will be held outside Rodborough Fort to present the bench later today, Friday, September 28.

Perched just below the historic fort with stunning views over Stroud, the bench replaces the old seat installed in 1950 in memory of entomologist Thomas Bainbrigge-Fletcher, who gifted the common to the Trust to ensure its preservation.

The Cheltenham and Gloucestershire National Trust Centre funded the replacement after volunteer members David and Adris Cooke raised concerns about the dilapidated condition of the old bench.

Richard Evans, the Trust’s countryside ranger for Rodborough and Minchinhampton Common, arranged for the new seat to be built and enlisted the skills of colleague Nathalie Bradley – the Trust’s outdoor visitor experience manager for Gloucestershire and a talented wood carver – to add an inscription reading ‘In memory of Thomas Bainbrigge-Fletcher. Restored in 2012.’