Trees and Plants

The underlying geology of the Forest, limestone and sandstone, influences the soil type which has resulted in a rich and varied flora. The ancient woodlands on the steeper slopes often have herb paris, sanicle, sweet woodruff and yellow archangel, but in the central Dean, the bluebell woods are very impressive and are nationally important.

The Forest of Dean is a haven for many different types of fungi which occur along forest paths, open areas as well as the more obscure places depending on growing needs. Fungi should not be handled or eaten without seeking the assistance of an expert.

Ferns are most abundant in damp and shady areas and the following are just a small sample which can be found within the Forest of Dean; male, lady, broad buckler, narrow buckler, hard and soft shield, hard fern, harts tongue, various spleenworts and polypody