Dean, Forest of

Dean, Forest of

Dean, Forest of, ancient royal forest (c.30,000 acres/12,141 hectares), Gloucestershire, W England, between the Severn estuary and the gorges of the Wye River. It was the first (1938) of the National Forest Parks of Great Britain. In the forest are ruins of Roman roads and mines. The forest's economic value lies in its collieries, stone quarries, and timber.
Forest of Dean District

Shown within Gloucestershire
Geography
Status: District
Region: South West England
Admin. County: Gloucestershire
Area:
- Total
Ranked 94th
526.43 km²
Admin. HQ: Coleford
ONS code: 23UD
Demographics
Population:
- Total ()
- Density
Ranked

/ km²
Ethnicity: 99.1% White
Politics
Forest of Dean District Council
http://www.fdean.gov.uk/
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Executive:
MP: Mark Harper
Forest of Dean is a local government district in Gloucestershire, England, named after the Forest of Dean. Its council is based in Coleford. Other towns in the district include Cinderford, Newent and Tidenham.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the East Dean Rural District, Lydney Rural District, Newent Rural District and West Dean Rural District, and from Gloucester Rural District the parishes of Newnham and Westbury-on-Severn.

Parishes and settlements

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