We are lucky to live in the Forest of Dean, one of the most beautiful and friendly of Britain, and a place that has changed so much from its industrial past. For that reason we are convinced that the Green Party should be the natural party for the Forest of Dean.
Aside from being a beautiful place to play and work, the Forest of Dean is a proud and friendly community of people who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. People of all politics worked together to save our Forests from privatisation. That campaign showed how much we all care for our environment and how, when we work together, we can protect the future for the Forest and make sure it is a healthy and sustainable place for our children and grandchildren.
We have all become very aware of 'climate change' and the urgency of dealing with a potential catastrophe for our planet.
We are probably aware that Greens have been campaigning about this for decades. There have been entrenched commercial interests that have tried to resist change, and cloud the arguments - the 'climate change deniers'. As we get closer to the point of no return, and the reporting of the subject becomes more mainstream, the Green perspective and argument is seen to be vindicated.
We are also aware that Greens have been campaigning about animal welfare, and the protection of the natural environment for decades, indeed, the Green Party in the UK was once called the 'Ecology Party'.
This knowledge may leave us with the impression that the Green Party is something of a 'single-issue' party. A pressure group campaigning on behalf of animals, nature, the environment, and the planet. This would be honourable enough, but it represents a misguided idea about what the Green Party is about.
The problems of environmental degradation have a fundamental root cause, and that is that we have developed a society that tries to operate in a way that goes against the grain of nature. Not only does it go against the grain of nature, but it goes against the grain of humanity as well.
The problems of people in our society and the problems that we inflict on the natural environment all stem from the same root cause.
So the Green Party has interests and solutions that are much wider than the most widely publicised campaigning on nature and the environment.
Read about the Green Party Political Programme here.
You can look at our mini-manifesto here
You can look at our full local manifesto here
The Green Party has six hard working District Councillors making a real difference in the Forest of Dean, both in their wards and district wide.
Chris McFarling (St Briavels)
Chris is Joint Deputy Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council and cabinet member for planning policy, performance & shared working, and climate emergency, reflecting his expertise and passion in these areas and position as Programme Board Chairman of the Foresters’ Forest HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme. It’s great to have a determined Green voice right at the heart of District governance.
Sid Phelps (Lydbrook)
As District Councillor for Lydbrook, Sid has raised issues that are important to his ward — successfully pushing for the opening of the footpath across Black Bridge, the introduction of beavers to alleviate the flood risk to Lydbrook and questioning the lack of affordable housing provision in new housing developments.
Nicky Packer (Newnham)
Nicky is a vocal critic of the Cinderford Northern Quarter development and one of her ambitions in becoming a councillor is to influence forward planning policy in the district to take more account of wildlife. She is delighted to serve the vibrant communities in the Newnham ward.
Andy Moore (Pillowell)
Andy is a member of the Green Party in the Forest of Dean.
Dave Wheeler (Newland and Sling)
Dave has lived in Redbrook for over 40 years. For over 25 years he has worked in the social housing sector and is currently employed as part of the homelessness team in a neighbouring local authority.
Mark Topping (Lydney West and Ayburton)
Mark was born in London but has lived in Aylburton for 20 years. He is married with two children. He loves his garden and is trying to make it a home for as many nesting wild birds as possible. He has been a green party member for many years, and is keen to help build a strong, sustainable local community.
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