Forest of Dean

Game-changing investment for Forest of Dean

The Levelling Up Fund

The Forest of Dean has £20 million of levelling up money to improve leisure and community facilities, introduce new education opportunities, repurpose vacant buildings and grow the local economy across the Forest. 

Levelling up funding is being used to create a new leisure centre and enterprise and training spaces at the Five Acres site in Berry Hill, including a new gym, meeting rooms, office space, café and a sports hall.  

Hartpury University’s Learning Centre will bring specialist training to young people in the Forest, setting them up to access the high-skilled, high-pay jobs coming to the area, and guiding young entrepreneurs to launch their own start-ups. 

A sizeable chunk of the funding is to be spent in Cinderford town centre to protect its historic buildings. 6 Market Street, Rheola House and the Grade II listed Methodist Church are being refurbished to provide new spaces for locals to meet, businesses to grow and art to be created, encouraging both visitors and jobs to Cinderford. 

More information

Find out more about Forest of Dean’s £20 million allocation from round one of the Levelling Up Fund.

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