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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

4.5 miles

Trail is currently open

short cuts are waymarked

Trail description

Beechenhurst - Forest of Dean

The sculptures on this trail are inspired by the forest - its trees, wildlife and industrial past.

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 mostly constructed from natural material from the Dean - wood, stone and iron. They 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 Contain-A-Cafe.

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.


Place, otherwise known as 'The Giant's Chair', has been decommissioned. 

In October 2015, Place was dismantled and turned into charcoal on site by local charcoal burners, in homage to the artist Magdalena Jetelova’s original wish to burn the sculpture soon after its installation in 1986.

A New Era

The Sculpture trail is in a phase of exciting change and development.  A series of new sculptures will be introduced during 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.




What do other visitors say?

Cannot find a postcode for beechenhurst lodge on your website so I can set satnav.

Ruth Hastings iqball, 12/Oct/2015

Beechenhurst itself does not have a postcode, the nearest postcode is fro Sppech House Hotel GL16 7EL - follow on down the road from there and Beechenhurst is on RHS.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Always enjoyed and as I live locally, frequently visited. I do wish the signage was better though, as it is disappointing to miss a sculpture en route. Main reason for this contact is to alert you to a wasps nest on the left side of Raw. They are busy and quite numerous. You may well have already seen this and are taking steps to deal with it. I don't like killing anything, but where tourists and small children are concerned it may be that a warning notice is not enough and that action will need to be taken.

Jennie !Macaulay-Lowe, 12/Aug/2015

Thank you, our recreation rangers have been alerted!

Forestry Commission Response

How can you possibly get rid of Melissa's swing??? It was the best thing in the whole lot. How disappointing. It was wonderful., always had peoples interest and kids loved it. Really i think that is a mistake.

Anonymous, 4/Mar/2015

Sorry you miss Melissa's Swing, the tree was no longer safe for the Swing and with agreement with the artist it was removed. The Sculpture Trust have apolicy of removing those that are no longer suitable or safe etc. They have funding now for several new installations over the next two years, see their website for more details

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