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Local grants

Cycling facilities and routes have been improved at 41 local businesses, charities and organisations thanks to grants from two Department for Transport funds. 

Both programmes support our aims to encourage people to travel car-free to, and around, the National Park, whether by bike, train, bus or on foot to enjoy its special qualities and help protect its fragile landscapes.

The New Forest Family Cycling Experiences (NFFCE) programme has awarded grants worth a total of £433,921 to 25 projects at 19 organisations to encourage more cycling in and around the New Forest.

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) has awarded grants worth a total of £92,171 to 16 projects at 15 organisations, including some who also received NFFCE grants. 

Details of NFFCE and LSTF grants can be found below.

Forestry Commission, New Forest – Public Authority

  • NFFCE - £45,000 grant towards £60,000 project

Improvements to parts of the New Forest’s network of off-road cycle tracks which are maintained by the Forestry Commission. These will include surface improvements at Castle Hill, Burley, and a cycle bridge alongside the ford at Fletchers Thorns, Blackwater. Access will also be improved on the route from Burbrush to Brockenhurst including re-surfacing, drainage and vegetation management. 

New Forest Activities, Beaulieu – Private Business

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  • NFFCE - £1,864 grant for additional cycling equipment such as children’s trailers
  • LSTF - £3,030 grant towards £6,030 children’s bikes project
  • LSTF - £1,929 grant towards £3,929 project for cycling trails
  • NFFCE - £11,200 grant towards £22,490 Beaulieu Cycling Centre project

Expansion of cycle hire fleet for families at New Forest Activities, to include a wider range of children’s bike sizes and additional options such as children’s trailers and child seats fitted to adult bikes.  

A second grant was used to buy eight children’s bikes of various sizes, as well as a bike storage unit.

A third grant was used to design and produce five cycling trails and tours from Beaulieu village to help promote activities for groups visiting the local area.

A fourth grant was used to create a cycling hub at Bailey's Hard including changing facilities and workshop space.  

Applemore College, Dibden Purlieu – School

  • NFFCE - £8,528 grant towards £11,864 project

Until recently, the only real travel option for students to reach the college was by bus or car. The grant was awarded to install new bike lockers, shelters, and shower facilities for students and staff to help them cycle to Applemore College

UK Youth Avon Tyrrell Activities Centre, Bransgore – Charity Organisation

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  • NFFCE - £50,000 grant towards £66,667 track improvement project
  • NFFCE - £31,000 grant towards £41,583 storage for bikes for people with disabilities
  • NFFCE - £11,250 grant towards £15,000 specially-adapted bikes
  • LSTF - £6,400 grant towards £22,500 cycle trail extension

Redevelopment and upgrade of existing mountain bike trails at Avon Tyrrell, as well as trails for off-road wheelchairs and adapted bikes for people with disabilities.

A second grant was awarded to replace an existing bike cabin with a larger cabin for increased bike storage, maintenance and office space for maintenance staff. The new cabin will also provide a base for instructors and a cycling group for people with disabilities, as well as better direct access to the cycle tracks and changing facilities. 

A third grant was awarded to increase the adapted bike fleet and further improvements to make the site’s cycle routes more suitable for disabled cycling. A local cycling group for people with disabilities will also be formed to take ownership of the project, oversee membership and inductions and help to maintain the bikes and tracks.

A fourth grant was used to extend the on-site cycle trail network.

Friends of Sway Station – Community Group

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  • LSTF - £7,940.60 grant towards £12,687 project

Installation of 10 galvanised steel cycle racks at Sway rail station, as well as an information board and leaflets highlighting cycling and walking routes from the station.

Forest Leisure Cycling, Burley – Private Business

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  • NFFCE - £38,463 grant towards £72,926 extension project
  • NFFCE - £8,022 grant for £23,425 cycle delivery van
  • LSTF - £5,800 grant towards £11,600 hire fleet expansion

Expansion of the popular cycle hire centre in Burley. This will include adding a first floor bike shop and doubling the size of servicing area to maintain its larger cycle hire fleet as well. The extension to the building will also provide 50% more storage for its hire fleet. 

A second grant was also awarded to replace the company’s old cycle delivery van, allowing the business to deliver cycle hire bikes and mobile cycle repairs to hotels, B&Bs and corporate events, encouraging visitors to leave their cars at home.

A third grant allowed the business to buy 25 additional bikes for hire.

Cyclexperience, Brockenhurst – Private Business

  • LSTF - £5,500 grant towards £11,646 project

Expansion of cycle hire fleet at Cyclexperience with an additional 26 bikes, with improved suspension and brakes to reduce maintenance costs.   

Burley Parish Council – Local Authority

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  • LSTF - £1,200 grant towards £1,920 project

Installation of eight timber clad cycle racks in the village by Burley Parish Council, to encourage more sustainable travel and cut down on carbon emissions.  

Hampshire County Council (Keyhaven Marshes) – Local Authority 

  • LSTF - £12,000 grant towards £16,000 project

Resurfacing of a 1.2km section of the seawall path at Keyhaven Marshes around Iley Point which has degraded over time causing mud holes in the path. More than 60,000 cyclists and walkers use this section annually.  

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, Beaulieu Road – Charity Organisation

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  • NFFCE - £43,845 grant towards £58,461 bike building project
  • LSTF - £13,984 grant towards £23,306 bike scheme

Timber frame building at Ferny Crofts to include storage for bikes, bike workshop, toilet, shower and disabled wet room facility. A bike washing area will also be provided along with lockers and phone/laptop charging facilities.   

A second grant was used to buy bikes for use by site visitors, to train bike instructors and produce hike and bike routes from Ferny Crofts. They’ve been used by more than 500 young people so far.

Calshot Activities Centre, Calshot – Local Authority

  • NFFCE - £50,000 grant towards £185,000 phase 1 project 
  • NFFCE - £35,840 grant towards £47,786 phase 2 project

Develop a new changing village to meet the growing demands of over 8,000 visitors who currently use the site for cycling, including guided cycle sessions on quiet roads around the area.  

Calshot also has the only indoor banked velodrome in the South of England, used by novices, local groups such as the New Forest Cycling Club and the Bournemouth Arrows, and by British Cycling for its youth squads. It’s also become more popular since the 2012 Olympics. Before the London games, the velodrome was used two nights a week. It’s now used every evening and at weekends.

The new facility includes changing rooms, lockers, showers and toilets for cyclists to use, including accessible facilities for those wanting to use Calshot’s fleet of bikes for people with disabilities. The modern facility is built to high standards to ensure long life and low maintenance in future years.

Cottage Lodge, Brockenhurst – Private Business

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  • NFFCE - £7,650 grant towards £16,578 project

Ten bikes and two tandems for guests at Cottage Lodge to hire, particularly during peak holiday times when demand can exceed supply at local cycle hire companies. 

Mr Spokes, Ashurst - Private Business 

  • NFFCE - £22,092 grant towards £46,700 new business project
  • NFFCE - £2,000 grant for hire fleet expansion

Support for a new cycle hire business within the car park at Ashurst rail station. The new business has rail and bus links and is within easy reach of the New Forest's network of off-road cycling tracks. Around 1,500 people hired bikes from Mr Spokes during the summer of 2014.

A further £2,000 grant was used to expand the cycle hire fleet with 10 mountain bikes.

Sway Parish Council - Local Authority 

  • NFFCE - £1,568

Installation of 15 new bike racks at Jubilee Field Pavilion and Sports Ground on an area of unused ground between the play park and tennis courts.

Royal Oak, Fritham – Private Business

  • NFFCE - £2,295 grant towards £4,596 project

Installation of bike racks, shepherds huts for cycle storage and cycle hire scheme, which will encourage guests at the pub to explore the New Forest by bike instead of by car. 

Balmer Lawn Hotel - Private Business 

  • NFFCE - £11,854 grant towards £23,709 project

Construction of a new secure storage facility providing space for around 20 bikes. During the summer months around a third of leisure guests will engage in cycling as part of their stay at the hotel. The storage facility will be available to all guests who either bring their own bikes with them or hire bikes locally as part of their stay.

Minstead Parish Council – Local Authority

  • LSTF - £205 grant towards £335 project

Installation of four cycle parking hoops by Minstead Parish Council at the village green to encourage travel by bike rather than by car. 

YHA New Forest - Charity 

  • NFFCE - £6,469 grant towards £8,614 project 

A new secure cycle store for 16 bikes and three cycle racks to help ensure bicycle equipment is safe and secure from the moment guests arrive until departure. The new facilities at YHA New Forest will complement existing facilities and services on site. 

Greentraveller – Private Business

  • NFFCE - £33,975 towards £90,600 project

Develop a new website to inspire memorable cycling trips to and around the New Forest. Features will include consolidation and promotion of cycling routes, cycle hire and other cycling products. The site developed by Greentraveller will provide a cycle booking service for most of the National Parks cycle hire operators.

Brockenhurst College - School 

  • NFFCE - £7,388 grant towards £12,887 project

A new cycle storage facility aimed at increasing capacity from 50 to 78 bikes. The facilities at the college are part of a wider campaign to encourage increased cycle use amongst staff and students. 

Lymington Yacht Haven – Private Business

  • NFFCE - £1,598 grant

Two electric bikes for hire for customers visiting by boat, to encourage a sustainable transport link from the marina into the New Forest.  

Cycling Guides – Private Business

  • LSTF - £9,235 grant towards £18,470 project

Publication of new guidebook by www.cyclingguides.com of New Forest cycle routes which will include Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu, Burley, Ashurst, Beaulieu Road and Sway. 

Bashley Bike Hire - Private Business 

  • NFFCE - £2,000 grant towards £2,660 project

Modernising and expanding the hire fleet by purchasing 10 new bikes to help provide a better service to visitors of the National Park. The business was taken over by the current owners in 2014. 

Winchester College (Fletchwood Lane near Ashurst) – School

  • LSTF - £15,000 grant towards £64,767 project

Improved access and surface to 1km long section of Fletchwood Lane near Ashurst, which is owned by the college. The route is an important link between Totton and the National Park cycle network and the surface has deteriorated significantly in recent years. 

Hyde District Climate Change Forum - Community Group

  • LSTF - £365 grant towards £475 project

Three new galvanised steel cycle racks installed at Hyde War Memorial Village Hall.

The Foresters Arms, Frogham - Private Business 

LSTF - £1,660 grant

Installation of 10 timber clad bike racks and a 10ft pony line to provide better facilities for those who travel to and from the pub without using their cars. The pub is a popular stop-off for cyclists using many of the cycle routes in the area.

Ringwood Infant School - School 

NFFCE- £5,535 grant towards £7,380 project

A range of cycling equipment to support students aged 4-5 learn balance, mobility and coordination skills and encourage them to support one another during outdoor learning. By incoporating cycling skills at an early age, the project hopes to encourage children to make cycling a part of their everyday lives and encourage them to begin cycling out of school.

Oak Tree Cottage, Burley - Private Business 

NFFCE - £2,580 grant towards £4,359 project

Providing visitors with the option of travelling car-free during their stay by hiring an electric bike to get out and about and enjoy the National Park. Additional storage and charging points will also be provided. 

Ibsley Village Hall - Charity 

  • NFFCE - £695

Three new cycle racks with space for at least six cycles to help provide facilities for those using the hall to travel by bike rather than by car.

Beaulieu Organic Farm Shop - Private Business 

  • NFFCE - £105

Single-sided bike rack for six bikes to provide facilities for cyclists visiting the shop.

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