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Story of the Forest

The Story Of
The Forest

Widely held to be a ‘special place’, the Forest of Dean has long been visited for the natural beauty of its rolling hills and hidden valleys. However it has not always been a tourist hotspot - indeed it has a complex and surprising history, which has shaped the Forest we see and admire today.

Click on the boxes below to read a series of short articles about the history of the Forest of Dean and the Foresters.

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If you go down to the woods today...

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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!