Historical Election takes place
30th November 2011
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A new Verderer for the Forest of Dean has been appointed as part of a tradition that dates back almost as far as Norman times.

Historian Ian Standing beat Rob Guest by 182 votes to 130 in a poll held at Gloucester Cathedral.

He replaces 87-year-old Melville Watts who died last August.

Verderers have been protecting the trees and wildlife - particularly boar and deer - in the Forest of Dean for more than 800 years.

There are always four of them and they meet four times a year at the Verderers' courtroom in Speech House.

The role is for life with elections for replacements held only when a Verderer dies.

Mr Standing said he was honoured to have been elected.

"The amount of people who attended in the cathedral to vote just shows the amount of interest there is in the Forest of Dean," he said.

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