Heritage Lottery Fund helps shape future of the New Forest

Published Monday 29 January 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority celebrating after scooping a £44,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The New Forest National Park Authority together with its four partners; the New Forest Commoners’ Association, the New Forest Trust, the Forestry Commission and Natural England are celebrating after scooping a £44,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The £44,000 grant will help shape part of a bigger project that will work towards conserving the New Forest’s unique landscape and built cultural heritage.

The National Park will lead on this project, along with its other partners, to develop a £3 to £4 million project which will result in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund as the main funder under the Landscape Partnership Scheme.  

Work on the bid will take a year to complete. The important priority now is to recruit a project officer to help implement the project.

Stephen Trotter, Director of Conservation and Enhancement for the New Forest National Park, welcomed the news and said: ‘It’s the first step in securing a major investment of capital in the area for very important work that is vital for the future of the Forest, and will help to enhance the area’s special qualities.  The hard work to secure this big prize starts now.’

Lucy Perry, Heritage Lottery Fund Senior Grants Officer for the South East, said:  ‘As the South East region’s only National Park the New Forest is a very special place.  It’s great that we will be supporting a project that will help so many organisations come together to plan how to conserve it.’

Chairman of the New Forest Commoners’ Defence Association, Brian Ingram added: ‘The grant reflects the essential role played by commoning in maintaining the area’s wildlife and landscape.

‘Commoning is part of the New Forest’s unique cultural heritage and the long-term future of commoning can be made more secure by a project that helps more people to understand the tradition.’

It is hoped that a successful Landscape Partnership Scheme bid will include further mire restoration in specific areas, funding to help new schemes to enhance and protect the future of commoning and campaigns to raise awareness about the Forest’s special buried heritage, including archaeology.

A great many Forest organisations and individuals have contributed to this emerging project and will now be consulted about this next stage.  

This will involve identifying a comprehensive list of practical work tasks and writing the supporting documentation required by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For further information contact Kathryn Boler, External Funding Officer on 01590 646690 or email kathryn.boler@newforestnpa.gov.uk, or Stephen Trotter on 01590 646671 or stephen.trotter@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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