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Geology of our Forest


The Forest has a complex geological history, with some of the oldest rocks in Gloucestershire, and these have massively influenced the landscape, history, culture and economy of the local area.

All this is revealed with our app 'Geoheritage of the Dean'!

Through 11 walk routes the app explores the geology, coal and iron mining heritage of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.  Introducing us to the rocks beneath the Forest and exploring ‘deep time’ – learning how the rocks of the Forest formed over 500 million years of Earth history.  The routes take you on an adventure through the ‘geoheritage’ of this unique and fascinating area located between the rivers Severn and Wye. 

You can even walk with dinosaurs during the 'Deep Time Walk'! 

The app is available for Android and Apple users, just visit your relevant app store to download, it’s FREE!

Download the Geoheritage app from the Apple iStore or Google Play Store 



What will the project deliver?

This project aims to preserve, promote and record the geological gems of the Forest in a series of themes:

  • Understanding the Forest’s ancient geological past through a series of walks and talks and Rock and Fossil Roadshows for schools
  • How the flora and fauna have evolved through the Forest
  • The Geological influence over social development: mining history and building stones
  • Creation of a the 'Geo Heritage of the Dean' App. The app provides 11 self-guided walks in the Forest of Dean to reveal and explain the hidden geology of the Forest of Dean.
  • Production of a 'Geology of the Forest of Dean' teaching pack for Forest of Dean Schools (including taster video), launching November 2021

What can I get involved in?

With training, we need volunteers to help us identify building stones and record findings.

You could also come along on one of our guided walks and talks across the Forest.

Click here to go to the Gloucestershire Geology Trust website.


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