100 Years of the Forestry Commission

A large stone has been installed on Spruce Ride near the Speech House to mark 100 years of the Forestry Commission. The plaque reads:

Commemorating the Centenary of the Forestry Commission and all those people who took part in its achievements

A separate smaller stone nearby tells us that Spruce Ride was planted c. 1850, Replanted c. 1920 and replanted c. 2010 and continues:

In commemoration of retired Forestry Commission Staff who have dedicated a part of their working lives to the ongoing management of the Forest of Dean“.

A photo of Cherry Trees on Spruce Ride
Cherry Trees on Spruce Ride

Mallards Pike Cafe

Visitors to Mallards Pike Lakes are now able to use the new Café during their visit. Nearby in the tree canopy is the popular GoApe aerial activity and at ground level Segways can be hired.

Of course, visitors can also walk around the lakes or along miles of footpaths and tracks in the adjoining forest. New Fancy viewpoint is within easy walking distance- a lovely 3 mile round trip.

Spring begins in the Forest of Dean

The warm weather in late March has seen Spring arrive in the Forest. Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon watchers joined the visitors and enjoyed the sunny weather at Symonds Yat Rock. The scene in the photo will soon look much different when the trees on the left burst into leaf.

Visitors may be interested to know that phone and 4G data coverage on the Rock is very good.

Walkers from Whitemead enjoy the fine February weather

A group of 29 walkers chose the Churchill enclosure option for their guided walk. They enjoyed the unseasonal fine, warm weather and were rewarded by a great distant view of two Wild Boar in the Forest. Later they were able to see two Adders basking in the warm sunshine. After joining the bird watchers looking for Goshawk at New Fancy, it was an easy walk in the sunshine back to Parkend.

A photo of Goshawk watchers at New Fancy viewpoint
Goshawk watchers at New Fancy viewpoint

Severn Bore at Minsterworth on 24 January 2019

The 3 star Severn Bore as seen near Minsterworth church today. Water flowed upstream behind the tidal waves that comprise the Bore at a rate of knots filling the channel within the next hour. Warming tea and coffee were on sale at the St Peter’s church along with delicious home made biscuits.

Minsterworth churchyard is the final resting place of poet F W Harvey and the recently installed stained glass Harvey window in the church is well worth seeing. The window was commissioned by the F W Harvey Society using funds donated by the public.