As we near March 2022 and the end of our five-year National Lottery Heritage funded programme in the Forest of Dean, we are asked how our project work will continue.
Our programme and its 38 projects have made a big difference to the Forest of Dean, completing all sorts of works on the ground along with involving people and raising awareness of what makes the Forest so special.
Most of the projects, 26 in total, plan to continue.
Other projects will continue provided that their organisation can find sufficient funds to do so.
12 projects have completed their work and have finished.
For a full overview about each of the projects, including exactly how most plan to continue, please see this summary document: Foresters’ Forest Project Futures
For the projects that are continuing there will still be opportunities for people to volunteer.
Some volunteers will continue under the guidance of organisations such as Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, and others with Forestry England. Volunteers will be contacted before March 2022 to ask them how they would like to continue.
If you currently volunteer for a Foresters’ Forest project do contact Deb Cook, email email@example.com to find out more about local volunteering opportunities.
Throughout November 2021 we are running an online survey, seeking as many responses as possible to provide a final evaluation report for our programme. Due to be published in the New Year, the report will detail what difference the Foresters' Forest Landscape Partnership Programme has had on the heritage and people who live in and visit the Forest of Dean, between 2017 and 2022.
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!