The degree of commitment is beneficial in many respects - for example, fires are promptly reported and we gain practical help from many residents. A high level of co-operation with parish, district and the county council and a wide range of other bodies, including Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Ramblers Association and statutory bodies such as the Countryside Agency, English Heritage and English Nature, is a cornerstone of our multi-purpose management.
In the Forest of Dean we have in place the Forest of Dean Forum with representatives from many interest groups and elected councils; a Conservation
Panel which includes experts in a range of environmental areas; an Archaeological Panel and a Recreation Advisory panel bringing together representatives of forest users, all of which help us to develop and hone our policies.
|Quarries are a favourite dumping|
place for vehicles and rubbish.
The close proximity of the forest to areas of habitation unfortunately presents us with problems of Byelaw infringements - for example, dumping, unauthorised vehicles and further encroachment. This is tackled through the work of the Forest warden, a post that is unique to the Forest of Dean.