It was very exciting for Foresters' Forest to take part in filming for BBC Countryfile’s special Forest of Dean episode that was broadcast Sunday 20th October.
In the weeks running up to the filming day on 4th October we worked closely with the Countryfile production team, providing plenty of filming ideas. There is after all so much scope with as many as 38 Foresters’ Forest projects going on!
Eventually filming content was narrowed down to our Foresters’ Forest Reptile conservation work led by David Dewsbury, featuring the reptile survey work he has completed with Lydbrook School, working alongside Forestry England’s Kate Wollen and Central Ecology’s Nigel Hand, one of the UK’s leading experts for Adders. In addition, our preservation and continuation of heritage crafts within the Forest was the second topic of interest, so Scott Baine’s team of volunteers from The Rewild Project were also invited to be filmed, including participants and volunteers involved with our New Leaf Social Forestry Project.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed meeting Matt Baker, the Countryfile presenter chosen to showcase our Foresters’ Forest projects. His enthusiasm for what we are doing and natural interviewing style put everyone being filmed quickly at ease.
Click this link to see more of the behind the scenes photos taken on filming day, which started at 7.45am and finished at 5pm!
Thanks BBC Countryfile! We think our Forest looked absolutely beautiful and our congratulations to all our local TV stars, all of whom did a wonderful job explaining the importance of our heritage and how the National Lottery Heritage Funded Foresters’ Forest projects help look after it.
If you missed this Countryfile episode you can view it until 18th November on iPlayer
You might be surprised what you find!
From creating habitats for our wildlife or improving our waterways, to recording oral histories or finding old photos, there’s always something going on to get involved in!