Forest of Dean District

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Forest of Dean District
Non-metropolitan district
Forest of Dean shown within Gloucestershire
Forest of Dean shown within Gloucestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Non-metropolitan county Gloucestershire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Coleford
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Forest of Dean District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC))
 • MPs Mark Harper
 • Total 203.2 sq mi (526.4 km2)
Area rank 88th (of 326)
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 85,400
 • Rank 285th (of 326)
 • Density 420/sq mi (160/km2)
 • Ethnicity 99.1% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 23UD (ONS)
E07000080 (GSS)
OS grid reference SO6206309601

Forest of Dean is a local government district in Gloucestershire, England, named after the Forest of Dean. Its council is based in Coleford. Other towns in the district include Cinderford, Lydney, Mitcheldean and Newent.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the East Dean Rural District, Lydney Rural District, Newent Rural District and West Dean Rural District, and from Gloucester Rural District the parishes of Newnham and Westbury-on-Severn.

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Coordinates: 51°47′N 2°33′W / 51.783°N 2.550°W / 51.783; -2.550