Forest Economic Partnership (FEP)

FEP is a voluntary community partnership with the vision of making the Forest of Dean a vibrant and thriving place to live, work and do business. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, plays or studies in the Forest of Dean District or is interested in participating in FEP’s activities.

FEP’s mission is to deliver a thriving economy in the Forest of Dean District by connecting business, Councils, people, ideas and resources.

Already over 200 organisations/individuals participate in its quarterly stakeholder group or 3 sub-group meetings. Key to its success is the need to maximise future economic opportunities for employment and leisure whilst maintaining the district’s heritage and distinctiveness as a national landscape. More about FEP


Jones Food Company Brings "Most Advanced" Vertical Farm to the Forest of Dean


James Lloyd-Jones is the man behind the world’s most advanced vertical farm right here in the Forest of Dean at... Read more

Building home: Enabling future workforce in the Forest of Dean

Julie Tegg is Gloucestershire College's Director of Employer Training & Apprenticeships, and is currently observing the FEP Board with a... Read more

In Celebration of Apprenticeships

As well as a BusinessWest Gloucestershire director, vice chair of GfirstLEP, and director of the FEP, Ian Mean MBE also... Read more

A Jewel(ler) in the Forest Crown

 FEP director Cllr Johnathan Lane recently visited Anna Mcloughlin, owner of Anna Mcloughlin Fine Jewellery based near Lydney in the... Read more


Open to all, FEP subgroups include Digital Connectivity; Education & Skills; and Bridges & Borders, Infrastructure & Transport .

These groups discuss opportunities, problems and issues from a District perspective to gain consensus. This is used to inform policy-makers or to develop projects. Read more


Find out more about the current 9 approved projects that are started or planned which will have a real impact on aspirations, digital connectivity, transport, Biosphere Reserve, infrastructure and the realities of rural life in the Forest of Dean District and beyond. Read more


FEP Events include quarterly stakeholder meetings and monthly sub-group meetings. We don’t include Action Group Meetings.

We also show in our events calendar when FEP is participating in events such as Inspiring Forest and other projects. Read more


Papers sounds boring and formal; it’s not! Our projects often have research outputs or inform policy-makers and other publications.

As an open organisation, this section contains all that information in one place. Read more