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The Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme is now two years into the delivery phase of the five year work programme.

Many of the 21 projects have made great progress and a lot of work has already taken place.

To find out more about the work of the 21 project download our latest newsletter, but some key highlights are outlined below:

  • Over 350 people have volunteered for different activities including scanning important historical photographs at the New Forest Centre, undertaking habitats and species surveys, participating in an archaeological dig at Buckler’s Hard in Beaulieu, and pulling up Himalayan Balsam along the banks of the Forest’s rivers
  • Over 4,000 people visited the New Forest National Park Authority’s stand at the 2017 New Forest Show, which focussed on the work of Our Past, Our Future scheme and featured activities related to some of the projects
  • In August 2016 the scheme hosted a visit from Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund, showing her some exemplary work that the scheme had already achieved
  • 130 people attended a conference by the New Forest Knowledge project on the National Park’s history and archaeology
  • During June 2017, 60 events took place during the first New Forest Arts Festival
  • 5,000 trees have been planted at Foxbury and deer fencing, car park improvements, a composting toilet and a timber cabin have all been completed
  • Over 300m of hedge has been laid to improve corridors for wildlife, and scrub and invasive non-native species have been removed to restore natural habitats
  • A programme of water quality monitoring has been set up for the Beaulieu catchment
  • Over 100 people have attended traditional building skills courses that have been run for agents and homeowners
  • 442 local people have been trained in over 44 rural skills courses across nearly 25 sites in the New Forest in 2017
  • 93 people obtained professional qualifications from Sparsholt College in 2016 and 2017 through the Rural Skills project
  • Four heritage groups have been trained and are involved in surveying their local graveyards
  • In October 1,900 locals and visitors took part in over 78 walks as part of the New Forest Walking Festival
  • The second two Apprentice Rangers are in post and have begun their training with the National Park’s ranger teams.


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