Working with talented local film producer Camilla Adams, and filmed between July – October 2021, we set out to produce films that look back on several Foresters’ Forest projects at the same time celebrating some of the programme’s many achievements. The teams involved proudly tell us about their key achievements - and how their work will continue in the Forest of Dean.
By telling this ‘video story’ we showcase all five of our programme themes:
We have two films for this theme. First, our Conservation Grazing project's success and continued plans. In the second, our other wildlife project leaders tell us about their work sustaining habitats for veteran trees, rare species of reptiles, birds, invertebrates, grazing animals and forest sites - encouraging us all to ‘connect to nature’.
We celebrate the success behind three projects that found new ways to help everyone explore the Forest of Dean. How we can explore above and below ground using mobile phone apps, through a combined total of 14 GPS guided routes, and an introduction to the ‘Trampers’, the all-terrain mobility vehicles that have improved accessibility at forest sites.
We celebrate the Buried and Built Heritage project work, sharing the highlights of our archaeological digs, their finds and the community involvement they attracted. Our Built Heritage project leaders also provide a glimpse into some of the small-scale conservation work we have completed to help preserve Darkhill Ironworks and the former Trafalgar Colliery site for generations to come.
We hear a variety of stories behind ‘Community Celebration’ project work we completed. Wyldwood Arts remind us about the many fantastic community events they organised. Reading the Forest celebrate their literary heritage work. We hear about our Blue & Green Heritage Plaque Scheme that celebrates 10 historic Forest heroes who helped shape the Forest’s history and Scarr Bandstand tell us the story behind this now cherished, historic outdoor music and performance venue in the Forest.
This film reveals how the Forest’s future has been protected and sustained for future generations. Lydbrook Primary School pupils and teachers share how the Foresters’ Forest programme inspired them to re-write their entire school curriculum to experience and learn about all aspects of the Forest’s heritage. We also hear about the future for Freemining and the Worcester Walk Community Project team tell us how they came together to enjoy nurturing a tranquil meadow and orchard in the Forest.
We hope our films provide an engaging legacy for the programme. That you will also feel encouraged to explore and follow the work our project teams have not only completed but continue to take forward for the Forest, its local community and visitors.
The full film series can also be viewed on our You Tube Playlist
“Helping raise awareness and participation in the built, natural and cultural heritage that makes our Forest special.”