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Ste Marguerite de la Foret parish church
Ste Marguerite de la Foret parish church
Location of Forest in Guernsey
Location of Forest in Guernsey
Crown Dependency Guernsey, Channel Islands
 • Total 4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
 • Total 1,546
 • Density 368/km2 (953/sq mi)
Time zone GMT
 • 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.

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."


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.


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


Notable people

See also: List of people from Guernsey
  • Ernest Martin Jehan, Royal Navy officer during World War I
  • Thomas de la Rue, founder of De La Rue plc
  • William Le Lacheur, sea captain with strong links to Costa Rica

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