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Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean

The Sculpture Trail links several different site-specific sculptures commissioned for the forest. It is open from dawn to dusk every day of the year, with no admission charge.

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust continues to raise funds to commission additional works. The Trust is a registered charity and has a long record of commissioning sculpture and related temporary projects that are specific to the forest environment.

Commissioning commenced in 1986, originally in partnership with Arnolfini, Bristol’s flagship contemporary art gallery, and following the establishment of the Trail has resulted in the presentation of more than 20 permanent sculptures, almost all of international significance, alongside temporary residencies and highly successful public events.Since many people don’t visit art galleries, this is frequently their first introduction to site-specific art, or indeed contemporary art of any form.

The early sculptures were commissioned to be site-responsive and to interpret the forest, and the Trust adheres to this very particular strategy, which is what makes the Dean very different to other Sculpture Trails in the country.

Useful Information

Sculpture Trail can be started from Beechenhurst Lodge in Forest Of Dean. 

Coleford is the nearest town or village.

Travelling from Coleford to Cinderford on the B4226, continue by the junction with the B4234 (Parkend to Lydbrook road) driving up the Speech House Road for 500m before turning left into Beechenhurst.

Telephone: 01594 833057

Email: dean@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Additional Information

Dawn to Dusk daily, every day of the year.

There is no admission charge. There is ample hard surfaced parking area.

Parking charge is £3.00 for the duration of your visit.

Approximate time of trail: 2 - 3 hours.