Category: Forest of Dean

Coleford Grows

We are a volunteer community gardening group for all those living/working within Coleford town boundaries. As a group, we want to improve our local area by making unused/under used locations beautiful again

We welcome new volunteers.

Access: We welcome anyone from the Coleford area.

Geographic Area: Coleford

Opening Days: Everyday
Opening Times: No restrictions

Project Rules:
Organic / Local Sourcing or minimum miles

Charging Basis: Free

Contact Details

14 Lewis Glade, Broadwell, Coleford, Glos. GL16 7RX
[email protected]

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

Forest of Dean District Launch

We hosted our first in person district event on Friday 5th May at Harts Barn in the Forest of Dean. It was a great success and as you can see from the photos, we had a great turn out of enthusiastic stakeholders, all united in the desire to support, enhance and maximise opportunities for all the communities of the Forest of Dean.

The morning gave the opportunity for a reflection of the journey to date by the Forest Voluntary Action Forum, a celebration of what a community growing project can provide to its community through Beki at Blakeney Hill Growers and an update on where the Climate Emergency strategy for the district is. What was clear throughout the morning is the food is the golden thread that ties some many pieces together. We also heard from Jenny Salter, Gloucestershire’s Sustainable Food Places coordinator about the exciting plans and initiatives that everyone can be part of from the Council, organisations, and individuals.

The morning was rounded off with a delicious lunch cooked by Joe at Harts Barn, showcasing some of the fantastic food producers from the region.

Three main areas that came out the discussion at the event were:

  • A desire for more join up:
  • Who is doing what and where?
  • Food distribution, availability and surplus
  • Digital inclusion
  • Youth Interaction and engagement

We will work with our members and partners in the Forest of Dean and the County to explore these areas further and they will drive our work in the Forest of Dean going forward.

Newent Initiative Trust

Community Café and Youth Club
Community Café – Serves drinks and snacks including toast and toasties
Youth Club – Feeds youth once a week a meal i.e. pasta, which they have the opportunity to help prepare and sauce/educates youth about nutrition and healthy eating
GCC/HAF – Runs Food based activities