Forest of Dean District

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Forest of Dean District
Forest of Dean shown within Gloucestershire
Forest of Dean shown within Gloucestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyGloucestershire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQColeford
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyForest of Dean District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC))
 • MPsMark Harper
Area
 • Total203.2 sq mi (526.4 km2)
Area rank88th (of 326)
Population
(mid-2017 est.)
 • Total86,000
 • Rank285th (of 326)
 • Density420/sq mi (160/km2)
 • Ethnicity
99.1% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code23UD (ONS)
E07000080 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSO6206309601
Websitewww.fdean.gov.uk

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 and villages in the district include Blakeney, Cinderford, Drybrook, English Bicknor, Huntley, Littledean, Longhope, Lea, Lydbrook, Lydney, Mitcheldean, Newnham 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