Forest of Dean Green Party Parliamentary Spokesperson

James Greenwood, longstanding Green activist and former Chair of the Forest of Dean Green Party, is now the Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Forest of Dean Green Party.

Says James:

20 years ago I came with my young family and first child to settle in the Forest to raise a family, run a property business and work a smallholding in Lydney. I absolutely love the Forest, and would relish the opportunity to make the Forest an even better place to live and work.

I studied Business and Economics at Edinburgh University, before working, researching and raising money for charities in South America, Asia and the Middle East.  I have been a local Councillor over the last 8 years, and, as a Steering Group member, I am actively engaged in the campaigns to prevent the sell-off of the Forest, and the proposed new nuclear power station at Oldbury.

The local Green Party is bursting with common sense and visionary ideas to protect the Forest and provide opportunities for Foresters; practical policies on Health and Livelihoods, as well as the Environment, Transport, and Education.

James Greenwood with Natalie Bennett



We have a team of officers and committee members who run the local party and co-ordinate our activities.

Nicky Packer - Party Chair/Co-ordinator/Local Point of ContactNicky picture


Nicky is on Ruspidge and Soudley Parish Council and treasurer of the Friends of the Dean Heritage Museum Trust. She is a vocal critic of the Cinderford Northern Quarter development and supporter of community renewable energy.

James Greenwood - Vice Chair


James portraitAs well as being the Forest of Dean Green Party's parlimentary candidate for the past three general elections, James is very active on issues that affect us all in the Forest. He says, ‘I am deeply shocked by the proposals to close our two Community Hospitals. I have argued for many years that the Forest should be expanding Health and Wellbeing facilities.  With many Foresters already working in the sector, the opportunities to bring further work and jobs into the Forest seem obvious. We need more not less.’

 Sid Phelps - Nominating Officer/Election Agent


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In addition to being a busy District Councillor for Lydbrook and Ruardean, Sid deals with the formal process of managing election candidate nomination for District and County elections on behalf of the Forest of Dean Green party.


 Dave Wheeler - Campaigns Manager 


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Dave has been a Newland Parish Councillor for 35 years. David is an active member of Redbrook Together, believing that communities can best help themselves by creating community energy. Working as a homelessness officer, he sees first hand how we are failing the most vulnerable in our society. ‘I passionately believe that everyone has a right to equality of opportunity in employment; education; housing and health care.’

As Campaigns Manager, Dave works with Sid to ensure that our candidates can get their message out to voters and we can get even more Greens elected and making a difference for our communities.


 Adrian Birch - Membership Secretary


Adrian is the link between our members locally, the Green Party of England and Wales and the local party organisers. He looks after our lists of members and their contact details and works with Jane to make sure that the local party receives the correct capitations from the Green Party centrally so that these can be  used to help our local campaigns and election candidates.

 Jane Carr - Treasurer


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Jane works as an organic gardener. She’s our treasurer, a member of gardening groups, LETS, an acapella group and an activist band. ‘But most of all I enjoy this beautiful part of the world and believe the best way to preserve it is with the Green Party.’

As well as being a local activist, Jane looks after our funds and helps to make sure we have the means to make a difference.


Jill (Ray) Raymond - Events Organiser


Ray As well as being a tireless local activist, Ray organises our presence at numerous events locally. She is always looking for more help to resource  stalls or prepare posters and other materials. Do get in touch if you can help!

Kate Clarke - Press Officer


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Kate is our link with the press locally and ensures that our many activities and succeses are publicly communicated.

Nige Salter - Website Manager


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Nige works as a technologist & business consultant to promote and develop new products and jobs that can support a transition to a fairer and more sustainable economy, both locally and nationally. He played a significant role in the campaign to defeat the threat of fracking in the Forest of Dean.

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