The Voice Of The People Of The Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean Heritage & Rural Crafts Training Initiative draft proposal


To develop a range of Heritage and Rural Craft training programmes which build on traditional skills in - Wood, Stone, Metal, Horticulture / Smallholding, Food and Drink and promotes the rural economy of the Forest of Dean.

To introduce a Rural Heritage Apprenticeship Programme, linked to small businesses, using and promoting traditional skills. Examples being: Dry stone walling, Wheelwrighting, Forestry / Coppicing, Small Quarrying and Free Mining

Introductory Programme

How to make `Traditional Homemade Products'

Linked to seasons of the year - how to successfully make:

Including: Food Hygiene regulations How to market the products Developing long-term sustainability.

Next Step

To hold an exploratory meeting with Wendy Jackson and Dawn Ward to investigate possible initial funding via the Cinderford Regeneration Project and to review the viability of setting up the scheme within the Forest of Dean.