Forest Economic Partnership (FEP)

The first round of meetings are being held at the Main Place, Coleford, GL16 8RH  9am - 11am
Forest Economic Partnership

The Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) is bringing together businesses, councils, people, ideas and resources to give the Forest of Dean a voice in the Glos2050 big conversation and deliver a thriving and sustainable economy.

Our vision is that in 2050 the Forest of Dean is an attractive, vibrant and dynamic destination to live, work and do business.

Participation is via a quarterly stakeholder meeting and 4 sub-groups are working to address key challenges and opportunities in the Forest of Dean:

Education & skills 

  • Within a lifelong learning context, how do we get the workforce we need for the District now and in the future to power and sustain economic growth by removing barriers and raising aspirations?

Transport & infrastructure

  • The District plan guides future development that gives us the space to work, live and play. Once those uses are known, we can consider the transport routes in the District to enable them become fit for purpose. What is the practical new vision that defines the Forest we want to be and the balance between the use of space?

Digital connectivity

  • We are told we live in a digital world. What practical steps can we take to get the speed, reliability and connectivity to support the ways we increasingly work, live, study and play now and in the future?

Bridges & borders

  • The Severn and Wye have preserved the Forest. The best future protection is connection with all those around us to ensure a mutual understanding of economic needs. Looking outwards, if we are to participate in the South Wales-West of England economic powerhouse and be considered in our neighbours plans, what do we need and want to trade for bridges?

Forest Economic Partnership Stakeholder Meeting 

The next stakeholder meeting is:

  • 6 August 2018
  • 10am - 12pm
  • Vantage Point Conference Centre, Mitcheldean, GL17 ODD

To register to attend, sign up to the Forest Economic Partnership, or for more information: