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

Blog

Putting the Forest on the Map

Travelling in rural areas is a constant and complex problem. Read more

Big Win for Local Business and FEP

On 7 January 2021, the Geospatial Commission in partnership with Innovate UK announced their 28 winners of the £2M transport... Read more

December Stakeholder Meeting

On the 17 December 2020, FEP held its final stakeholder meeting of the year and Neill Ricketts first meeting as... Read more

Happy Birthday FEP

As another year opens and we begin the journey of 2021, the Forest Economic Partnership celebrates its 3rd Birthday. Read more

Subgroups

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

Projects

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

Events

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

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