Keeping cultural heritage alive in the New Forest

Published Friday 15 December 2006

Goat hair or horse hair? Wet rot or dry rot? Chalk or clay or cob? Furniture beetle or death watch beetle? What does it mean if I live in a listed building?

If you own an historic building in the New Forest these are some of the questions you might be faced with when wanting to carry out building works. However, the New Forest National Park and New Forest District Council are able to offer a helping hand.

A series of 12 historic building guides have been re-launched by the National Park Authority and District Council.

The guides provide easy step-by-step information on everything you need to know about owning a listed building in the Forest.

The series also offers advice on how to repair and maintain historic buildings. Leaflets in the series include: tile and slate roofing; plaster and rendering; timber frames and roofs; pointing; chalk and clay cob; brickwork; thatch and thatching; damp, rot and insect attack and flooring.

Paula Freeland, Head of Environmental Design, said: ‘The New Forest’s cultural heritage is dependent on sympathetic works to historic and listed buildings.

‘These buildings have been maintained for centuries using traditional crafts and materials such as long straw thatch, lime mortar and lime plaster.   Using the wrong materials can cause irreversible damage.  These leaflets explain traditional crafts and provide details of where to find more information and suppliers.

‘The National Park also has an historic buildings grant scheme and will be offering funding until April 2007, for the repair of historic fabric of listed buildings, prominent historic and distinct unlisted buildings and boundary wall and outbuildings.

‘Restoring and maintaining the Park’s historic buildings is critical to achieving the National Park’s first purpose of conservation and enhancement.’

To receive any of the above guides contact the National Park Authority on 01590 646678 or email or New Forest District Council on 023 8028 5109 or email

For more information on the historic buildings grant contact the Building Conservation team at the National Park on 01590 646678.


Notes to editors:
For more information about the historic building guides and the historic buildings grant contact Paula Freeland, Head of Environmental Design on 01590 646658 or email

Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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