Author: Debs Baker

Forest Community Shed

We have a wood and metal workshop, space for hobbies and crafts, green woodworking, social spaces, tea and coffee, and always a friendly welcome.

We make  raised beds/planters etc and we repair and sharpen tools.


Access: Open to all

Geographic Area: Forest of Dean

Opening Days: Wednesday and Thursday
Opening Times: 10am - 3pm

Project Rules:
Annual membership is £20 (which covers insurance) New volunteers are welcome

Charging Basis: Membership

Contact Details

Forest Community Shed Orchard Trust Upper Stowfield, Lower Lydbrook, Glos. GL17 9PD
[email protected]
01594 780170

The Food Foresters

We are nomadic and offer teaching/workshops/practical at community growing sites and private gardens

Access: No restrictions

Geographic Area: Forest of Dean / Bristol

Opening Days: Every Day
Opening Times: All day

Charging Basis: Free

Contact Details

Permaculture Research Institute 16 Steam Mills Road Cinderford Glos GL14 3JB
[email protected]
07985 500891

Dean Forest Kitchen

Dean Forest Kitchen offer a Meals on Wheels service throughout the Forest of Dean.
All meals cooked fresh and delivered hot by a friendly face. If you are elderly, isolated, can’t leave your home and any other reason then get in touch

Dean Forest Kitchen have a kitchen for community use and cookery lessons and are able to offer additional support such as signposting to additional help.

Access: Anyone, but particularly the isolated

Geographic Area: Forest of Dean (Meals on wheels)

Opening Days: Monday to Friday
Opening Times: 8:30 - 13:30

Contact Details

Building 9, Floor 2, Vantage Point, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0DD
[email protected]
01594 545882
Delivery Service
Collection Service
Ambient Food Items
Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
Chilled Food
Frozen Food
Suitable for Vegetarians
Suitable for Vegans
Dairy-Free Available
Gluten-Free Available
Allergies catered for
Hot Meals Provided
Cold Meals Provided
Ready Made Meals (reheatable)

Harts Barn Cookery School

Harts Barn Cookery School is all about cooking for all – all ages and skill levels at affordable prices. We believe in the ‘socialisation’ of food and bringing people together.

Access: Cooking for all - no restrictions

Geographic Area: Forest of Dean and beyond

Opening Days: Tuesday to Sunday
Opening Times: Vary

Contact Details

Harts Barn, Monmouth Rd, Longhope, Gloucestershire GL17 0QD, UK
[email protected]

Dean Forest Food Hub

Dean Forest Food Hub are an Online Farmers Market, and cover the Forest of Dean District between Huntley and Tutshill.

Delivery days are Wednesdays and Fridays and orders are delivered to drop off points across 2 routes in the Forest. Direct to home deliveries can be made to those who are unable to access the drop off points (due to ill health, disability or temporary transport problems), there is a small charge of £2.50 for home delivery.

Coleford Country Market

Coleford Country Market is a cooperative of  local crafts people, food producers and bakers – the cooperative is part of a national organisation Country Markets Ltd.

Membership of the cooperative costs  5p and a percentage of sales covers market costs.

The market is open from 09.30-12.00 on Fridays and 10.00-12.00 on Saturdays


Address: Outside the Cooperative Market Pl, Coleford, GL16 8AA
[email protected]

Mitcheldean Lunch Club

We offer an affordable hot community lunch once a month at Mitcheldean Community Centre.

The lunch is on the 4th Tuesday of the month and if people are poorly food can be delivered. The food comes via hotbox from Dean Magna School kitchen.

Access: Open to everyone There is no membership fee but people must register before arriving

Geographic Area: Mitcheldean

Opening Days: The 4th Tuesday of each month
Opening Times: 12:00 - 14:00

Cost: £5 for a two course meal

Contact Details

Mitcheldean Community Centre, Townsend, Mitcheldean, UK
[email protected]
07866 979378
Delivery Service
Suitable for Vegetarians
Suitable for Vegans
Dairy-Free Available
Gluten-Free Available
Allergies catered for
Hot Meals Provided

Feeding Gloucestershire becomes a CIO

Feeding Gloucestershire are extremely pleased to announce that we are now registered with the Charities Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This is exciting for us as we continue work towards our vision for Gloucestershire to be a county where everyone can enjoy good food and nobody goes hungry.

We would like to thank those who have given their time and support to get us to this point, and to Gloucestershire County Council for funding our work to date.

Thanks go to our former steering group members – Sue Weaver and Julie Craig (Gloucestershire County Council), Jenny Phelps (FWAG SW) Phil Coysh (formerly The Trussell Trust), Amanda Strover (Stroud District Foodbank), Nick Penny (Forest Voluntary Action Forum – FVAF), Leanne Purnell (Gloucester City Council) and Lisa Jevins (Barneys Pantry). Additional thanks go to Andrew Forsey and Rose Bray from Feeding Britain and to Bishop Rachel Treweek.

We would also like to thank the many incredible organisations who have been part of the journey so far, and we look forward to continuing to work with them.

We would like to introduce our trustees – Sarah Avery, Helen Hutchings, Emma Keating Clarke, Corrie Sissons and Steve Townsend – you can find out more about them here