5 February 2019

Tuesday 5 February 2019, 18.00 to 20.00, Whitemead Forest Park

There was a great turn out for the first meeting of 2019 at Whitemead Forest Park with Yvette Farrell, co-chair, welcoming almost 100 members to the event.

Yvette thanked those members that took part in the 2018 membership survey and informed everyone that we are in for exciting year ahead.  WVFDTA will be working with new agencies and Yvette introduced Fiona Reece from Travel Tonic and Alexandra Sore from ALS Marketing.

Fiona spoke about the best way to get your business noticed by the press and media – sometimes you just need a re-think about how you present the business, what makes the business quirky / different or newsworthy. Images are very important and a great photo can have a huge impact.

Alex from ALS Marketing spoke about how the WVFDTA is promoting the region on Social Media and how members can help in this by using the #deanwye.  In helping the association promote the region and area the association is also highlighting and helping raise the profile of its members.

If anyone would like advice or help please email Fiona@traveltonic.co.uk or Alex@alsmarketing.co.ukDownload the presentation

David Broadbent spoke about the Association’s photo library which is available to all the members and can be accessed from the members’ website. The library holds 8,000 pictures and these can be used free of charge for members’ promotions or website etc.  The photos do have watermarks but members can request copies without the watermarks if needed.   Members can also send their photos to be uploaded to the picture gallery as long as they are happy for the images to be shared.  Contact info@wyedeantourism.co.uk.

Kevin Stannard from the Forestry Commission spoke about the “Shared Forest” Project which is about reshaping and redirecting forest management in the Forest of Dean.  It is currently in the consulting period and if you would like to take part please be advised that you only have until the end of February to do so. Further details.

Kevin also advised that to celebrate the Forestry Commission’s centenary there will be a 10k running series through the forests of England.  The Forest of Dean’s run will take place on Sunday, 8th September starting at Mallards Pike Lake. Further details.    Or for those requiring a greater challenge you can complete the Forestry 100 Challenge and run 100km of forest trails across any ten events in the series.

Gill Hands spoke briefly about the Inspiring the Forest project. The aim is to encourage school leavers to find employment and remain in the Forest. If any members would like to be involved and can offer help please let Gill know. Unfortunately due to the weather last week’s launch had to be postponed but it will be re-scheduled.

Yvette introduced those members of the WVFDTA board that were present: herself and Helen O’Kane as Co-Chairs, Gill Hands Vice Chair, Liz Marshall Treasurer, Sarah Orchard Marketing, Francesca Newell and Linda Searancke before the meeting ending with some time for networking.


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