Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:4.5 miles
Trail is currently openshort cuts are waymarked
Since 1984 The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust has raised funds to commission artists to celebrate and help us appreciate and understand the life of the forest.
The Sculpture Trust works in partnership with the Forestry Commission which maintains the sculptures and trail.
The sculptures are inspired by the forest - its trees, wildlife and industrial past.
They are mostly constructed from natural material from the Dean - wood, stone and iron. The sculptures are interspersed along the trail through majestic oaks and towering Scots pine trees
A Sculpture Trail leaflet, containing details of the sculptures for £1, is available at Beechenhurst Lodge from Forest of Dean Adventure.
Some of the Sculptures can be accessed with a power assisted wheelchair, please ring the the Forestry Comission, Tel 0300 067 4800, or e-mail using the link provided for further access information.
A New Era
The Scultpure trail is in a phase of exciting change and development. A series of new sculptures will be introduced during 2015 -2016 for visitors to discover and enjoy.
Since the founding of the trail, artisits from all over the world have been invited to respond to the unique heritage of the Forest of Dean. The trail's sculptures were not simply sited here but developed and inspired by the distinctive qualities of the place. They have been intentionally left to be reclaimed by the forest over time, naturally eroding from weather, animals, plant growth and the footfall of the visiting public.
The new artworks will replenish the trail at a time when some older sculptures are coming to the end of their life cycle or have been removed for safety reasons.
The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, a registered charity, has raised the funding for the new artworks. The trust works in close partnership with the Forestry Commission as part of the Forest Art Works programme to support achieving great art for everyone in England's public forests.