Our hidden heritage


Hidden Heritage Get the App


The Foresters’ Forest Hidden Heritage App is an exciting new way to explore the Forest of Dean because it’s like taking a step back in time, showing you the Forest’s industrial past in a series of magical Then and Now images. The App is free to download from the Apple iStore and Google Play Store (links below).





The Hidden Heritage App follows the route of the Forestry Commission’s Family Cycle Trail and as you move along the path your location is tracked on a 1920s vintage OS map using GPS so that it triggers, for example, a ‘You have discovered Dilke Bridge’ message when you are near a Point Of Interest. At each of these sites the App will show you fading Then and Now images that brings the history of the Forest to life. One new user said ‘I never knew Beechenhurst looked like that’, after seeing an image of the Speech House Colliery that used to stand on what is now the Beechenhurst field.

See how many of the following places you recognise.