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New roadside bollards have been springing up around the Forest of Dean in the last week or two.
The Forestry Commission have been working with Gloucestershire County Council Highways Department to plan putting in place black and white bollards at the road entrances to mark the Statutory Forest Boundary. The bollards are in keeping with other reflective roadside bollards but have the words Statutory Forest Boundary in green lettering on them.
The Statutory Forest Boundary is also traditionally known as the perambulation (referring to the fact that it was regularly walked to define it) and was officially defined in 1833 and marked by boundary stones dated 1832. Many boundary stones can still be seen and have been re-erected by the Forestry Commission with help from local people.
Each entrance and exit on the roads at the Statutory Forest Boundary will now have these roadside bollard markers, it will take a few weeks for them all to be installed and eventually the boundary will be marked with a green line on the road surface, too.
Jim Sauter, Head of Operations for the Forestry Commission, has been involved in getting the project established and said:
“We often have enquiries about where the Statutory Forest Boundary lies, so this will help with some of those queries and will serve as a reminder to local people and to visitors to the Forest of Dean that they are entering the official Royal Forest.“
Glynn Bullock, Forest Warden and Dave Clarke, Cartographer for the Forestry Commission have been working on the project together to mark out where each entrance and exit point is on the ground. Gary Trigg, craftsperson is working alongside the contractor installing each bollard. There are over 120 (at 60 road crossing points) of them to put into place to help us all to know our boundaries!
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The Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England. Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestofdean
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.
Heather Lilley, Public Affairs Manager, Forestry Commission, Forest of Dean District. Tel. 01594 833057. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org