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FODDC Start-up grant recipients

Forest of Dean District Council supporting start-up businesses through 2021

Forest of Dean District Council has now allocated start-up grants for a number of businesses since the start of 2021 helping to support local businesses make their first steps, creating jobs and helping to grow the local Forest economy.

Covid Business Training (1)

Businesses snap up free council business courses

Over forty businesses in the Forest of Dean can go into winter confident that they are Covid safe after taking part in free Covid Safety training delivered by Forest of Dean District Council.

Mannings Farm - Drybrook

First Forest of Dean modular housing scheme nears completion in Drybrook

The first modular housing development in the Forest of Dean is nearing completion at Mannings Farm, Drybrook, with the first residents expected to move in in early December.

Cllr Sid Phelps and Lynda Skuse, Clerk of Hewelsfield & Brockweir Parish Council with flood defences

District Council helping towns and parishes this autumn with flood preparation

Forest of Dean District Council has secured 680 FloodSax and 62 Hydrosnake emergency flood defences, which will be distributed to at-risk towns and parishes throughout the district, to aid residents should flooding occur.

Cllrs Sid Phelps and Bernie O'Neill with Taro Upton and Robson Kightley of 4th Corner Landscaping

Tree planting to boost biodiversity along Harbour corridor begins

Forest of Dean District Council has started planting 149 trees along Harbour Road as part of the Destination Lydney Harbour regeneration project.


Council’s Climate Action Plan lays strong foundations for reaching ambitious net-zero carbon target

The Forest of Dean District Council’s Cabinet has been unanimous in approving a new climate change strategy and action plan, which sets out how the Council will deliver against its corporate priority to ‘protect and enhance the local environment and address the climate emergency’ as it strives to make the district net-zero ahead of central Government targets.


New directory for remote workers could boost local business this winter

Town centre and village based businesses in the Forest of Dean are being invited to sign up for inclusion in a new Remote Forest Directory. The directory, which is due to be launched before the end of the year, will include businesses that welcome remote workers into their premises.

Awdry case 9.11.21

Forest of Dean District Council has prosecuted an individual for offences relating to the Animal Welfare Act 2006

At a court hearing in September 2020 a Forest of Dean resident James Awdry pleaded not guilty to offences relating to animal welfare. Today in Cheltenham Magistrates Court James Awdry changed his plea to guilty.

Street wardens - Chloe Brooks, Gary Evans, Kerrie Elvin 16x9

Forest of Dean Street Wardens win Gold RSPCA award for 8th year running

Forest of Dean District Council’s Street Wardens have been awarded a Gold Footprint RSPCA PawPrints award for their approach to dealing with stray dogs.

Royal Courts Of Justice

Court dismisses Graham Wildin’s appeal in planning enforcement case

Following an appeal hearing at The Royal Courts of Justice in London, Graham Wildin’s appeal against the findings of contempt have been dismissed.

38307 - FODDC Bid Logo - FInal

Local organisations secure £20 million Levelling Up Fund for the Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean District Council, Hartpury University and College, and Cinderford Town Council have successfully secured £20 million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund which will be used to improve leisure and community facilities, introduce new education opportunities, repurpose vacant buildings and grow the local economy across the Forest.

Southend Nurseries images

Residents move into affordable housing development located on Newent brownfield site

Southend Nurseries, a brownfield site in Newent is due to be completed in early November with 36 new affordable homes.