Last of the Free Miners
The Forest of Dean is an unusual, secluded place. A forest of plantation and ancient woodland, rich in coal and iron reserves and home to the Free Miners, who uphold an ancient practice that differs little from conventional mining; it is the traditions of eligibility that make Free Mining so extraordinary. 'Last of the Free Miners' offers a rare glimpse at the working lives of this small community, in the pitch black of their underground world and the forest at their cabin door, as they struggle to uphold their traditions under the pressures of modern life. Mining is in their blood, as they say, a determination passed on from father to son to work freely and proudly beneath the forest.
Gabrielle Delauney • Barbara Dixon • Nicky Fordyce • Vicki Haines • Owen Harries • Phillipa Klaiber • Emilia Nylen • Charlotte Russell • Dawn Schuck • James Smele • Lauren Treasure •