£85,000 boost for New Forest projects

Buckler's Hard cottages

Published Tuesday 3 December 2013

A shipwrights’ school, innovative wildlife project, almshouse renovation and primary school landscaping project have each been awarded a share of a grants pot of £85,000.

The grants were allocated by the New Forest Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) at its latest meeting. The SDF is a grant scheme to encourage sustainable living within the New Forest National Park and since April 2006 it has:

  • Funded 118 projects
  • Awarded £1.4m of grants
  • Secured £2.8m from other sources.

Mary Montagu-Scott, Director of Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd said: ‘This grant is a significant help to us in funding our project to build a replica 18th century shipwrights’ timber framed workshop at Buckler’s Hard.

‘The whole building process will be run as a community training project to teach and demonstrate traditional building skills and the building will then become the Buckler’s Hard Shipwrights’ School. The school will teach traditional shipbuilding techniques, which will be used to undertake restoration work on historic vessels such as HMS Victory.’

Val van der Hoven, Governor at William Gilpin Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, said: ‘With this generous grant from the SDF, the school plans to landscape its grounds to include a wildflower meadow, pond, small copse of trees, growing areas for each class, rainwater harvesting, composting and even a greenhouse made from plastic bottles!’

Julie Stubbs, Manager of the New Forest Land Advice Service, said: ‘We have been running the Community Wildlife Plans Project as a one year pilot, encouraging seven communities to record, map and conserve wildlife in their local area.

‘This SDF grant is an enormous help in ensuring that we can continue this crucial work for two more years.’

SDF grants are available for projects that provide environmental, economic and community benefit to the New Forest National Park. The fund is open to community groups, organisations and businesses. For more information please visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/sdfdetails.

To discuss a potential application please contact Andy Brennan on 01590 646676 or sdf@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

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Notes to Photo Editor:

Buckler's Hard, situated on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the New Forest.

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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