Forest of Dean tradition

The Forest of Dean is a one of the UKs ancient woodlands. Located on the English side of the Welsh border it covers an area of 42.5 square Miles.

During Medieval times Norman Kings established a new system of laws and created enforcers of this Forest Law, know as Verderers. They also gifted a number of privileges for its inhabitants. Free-mining and Common land rights were two examples. Today, nearly 800 years later, these traditions and roles still remain – pursued by enthusiastic locals wanting to maintain and exercise established birthrights and keep unique forest traditions alive.