The Forest of Dean constituency covers Gloucestershire west of the river Severn, and lies in the south west of England, near the Welsh border.
The core of the constituency consists of the Royal Forest of Dean itself, which was established by William the Conqueror nearly a thousand years ago and is one of the last surviving Royal Forests in England.
The area has a rich industrial and mining history, which is evidenced by the market towns of Coleford and Cinderford, and the old port of Lydney from where coal mined in the Forest of Dean Coalfield would start its journey to all parts of the world. The Dean’s rich industrial heritage and spectacular natural beauty unsurprisingly means tourism is an increasingly important aspect of Forest life.
The Wye Valley forms the western border of the Forest and is an area of outstanding natural beauty, whilst the Vale of Leadon forms the northern portion of the constituency. The Vale consists of quintessentially unspoilt English countryside with rolling farmland centred around the picturesque Roman town of Newent, and also produces fine English... Read More