The Forest of Dean has characteristics of both uplands and lowlands. To the west the mountains of Wales can be clearly seen; to the east the Forest drops into the rich agricultural land of central Gloucestershire. Soils are varied but generally good for tree growth. The climate is moderate - with few severe winds, adequate rainfall for a wide range of tree species and relatively mild winters.
|A modern Harvester at work |
clearfelling an area of conifer
The Dean is a complex forest in landscape, species and habitat terms. In the latter part of the 20th Century management techniques have been adopted that have strengthened the ability of the forester to maintain an appearance of apparent naturalness in the landscape of the Forest of Dean.