Forest, Guernsey

Forest
Ste Marguerite de la Foret parish church
Ste Marguerite de la Foret parish church
Flag of Forest
Location of Forest in Guernsey
Location of Forest in Guernsey
Coordinates: 49°25′33″N 2°35′51″W / 49.4258°N 2.5976°W / 49.4258; -2.5976Coordinates: 49°25′33″N 2°35′51″W / 49.4258°N 2.5976°W / 49.4258; -2.5976
Crown DependencyGuernsey, Channel Islands
Government
 • Electoral districtWest
Area
 • Total4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total1,546
 • Density370/km2 (950/sq mi)
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01

The Forest (Guernésiais: La Fouarêt, French: La Forêt) is a parish in Guernsey. It is the highest parish on the island, with altitudes of up to about 100 m. The full title of the parish is Ste Marguerite de la Foret, after the parish church.

The old Guernésiais nickname for people from La Fouarêt was bourdaons (lit.'bumblebees').

The postal codes for street addresses in this parish begin with GY8.

Forest was the first parish in the Island to receive some unwelcome visitors. Chief Officer Inspector W Sculpher recorded the following in the Occurrence Book dated Wednesday, 3 July 1940: "I beg to report that at about 8pm on 30th June a number of German Armed Forces landed at the Airport, Forest."[1]

Geography

The Forest is located in the south of Guernsey. It borders the parishes of St Peter's to the west, St Saviour's to the north-west, St Andrew's to the north and St Martin's to the east.

Beaches The south coast is mostly made up of cliffs, but the beaches in The Forest include:

  • Le Portelet (inaccessible from land; it can be accessed by swimming from Petit Bôt or by boat)
  • Part of Petit Bôt

Relief The parish goes up to an altitude of about 100 m (the highest in the island). The only low areas are at the coast, where there are steep cliffs.

Climate

The Meteorological Observatory has been at Guernsey Airport since it was built in 1939.[2]

Climate data for Forest, Guernsey (Guernsey Airport)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.3
(55.9)
15.0
(59.0)
19.4
(66.9)
24.3
(75.7)
25.9
(78.6)
30.8
(87.4)
31.7
(89.1)
34.3
(93.7)
30.6
(87.1)
23.6
(74.5)
16.8
(62.2)
15.6
(60.1)
34.3
(93.7)
Average high °C (°F) 8.7
(47.7)
8.4
(47.1)
10.0
(50.0)
11.8
(53.2)
14.9
(58.8)
17.5
(63.5)
19.5
(67.1)
19.8
(67.6)
18.0
(64.4)
15.1
(59.2)
11.8
(53.2)
9.5
(49.1)
13.8
(56.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6.9
(44.4)
6.5
(43.7)
7.8
(46.0)
9.2
(48.6)
12.1
(53.8)
14.5
(58.1)
16.6
(61.9)
17.0
(62.6)
15.5
(59.9)
13.0
(55.4)
10.0
(50.0)
7.8
(46.0)
11.4
(52.5)
Average low °C (°F) 5.0
(41.0)
4.6
(40.3)
5.6
(42.1)
6.6
(43.9)
9.2
(48.6)
11.5
(52.7)
13.6
(56.5)
14.1
(57.4)
12.9
(55.2)
10.8
(51.4)
8.1
(46.6)
6.0
(42.8)
9.0
(48.2)
Record low °C (°F) −7.8
(18.0)
−7.2
(19.0)
−2.2
(28.0)
−1.4
(29.5)
0.1
(32.2)
5.4
(41.7)
8.3
(46.9)
9.2
(48.6)
5.8
(42.4)
3.5
(38.3)
−0.8
(30.6)
−3.8
(25.2)
−7.8
(18.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 92.5
(3.64)
70.2
(2.76)
67.0
(2.64)
53.1
(2.09)
50.9
(2.00)
45.5
(1.79)
42.1
(1.66)
47.7
(1.88)
57.5
(2.26)
95.0
(3.74)
104.3
(4.11)
112.9
(4.44)
838.7
(33.02)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 19.3 15.7 15.9 13.2 11.9 10.4 11.0 10.6 12.4 17.3 18.8 18.6 175.0
Average snowy days 2.8 4.0 1.3 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.7 11.0
Mean monthly sunshine hours 61.0 85.6 127.6 194.7 234.5 246.6 250.7 230.1 180.1 117.1 77.8 58.2 1,864
Percent possible sunshine 22.7 29.1 34.7 47.7 49.6 51.2 51.7 52.0 47.8 35.3 28.7 22.8 41.8
Source: Guernsey Met Office 2014 Weather Report [3]

Features

Main roads

The road near Guernsey Airport

The following main roads (listed from west–east) provide important links between The Forest and the other parishes:

The following main roads (listed from west–east) are also very important as they provide access to the Parish Centre and the Airport:

  • Rue Des Landes
  • Le Bourg

Politics

Forest comprises part of the West administrative division with Torteval, St. Saviour's and St. Pierre-du-Bois

In the 2016 Guernsey general election there was a 3,188 or 74% turnout to elect five Deputies. Those elected (in order of votes received) being Al Brouard, Andrea Dudley-Owen, Emilie Yerby, David De Lisle and Shane Langlois.

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "HISTORY OF THE GUERNSEY POLICE".
  2. ^ "History of the Guernsey Met Office". Met Office Guernsey.
  3. ^ "2014 Weather Report" (PDF). Guernsey Met Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Petit Bot to Le Gouffre and back". Guernsey Walker. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Petit Bot Bay". Good Beach Guide.
  6. ^ a b c Dillon, Paddy. Channel Island Walks. Cicerone Press Limited, 1999. ISBN 9781852842888.
  7. ^ "Guernsey airport".
  8. ^ "Le Perron du Roi". megalithicguernsey.
  9. ^ "Forest Parish Memorial, Guernsey". Great War CI.
  10. ^ "Occupation Museum".
  11. ^ "Guernsey Abreuvoirs". La Société Guernesiaise.
  12. ^ "PROTECTED BUILDINGS". Environment – Guernsey government.
  13. ^ "Contact us Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Aurigny Air Services. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. "Aurigny Air Services Ltd States Airport La Planque Lane Forest Guernsey, GY8 OTD Channel Islands."
  14. ^ "The Mallard Cinema".

External links

  • Forest Parish website
  • Parish information
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