Be part of a multi-million pound New Forest project

our past our future

Published Wednesday 3 December 2014

New Forest residents and visitors are invited to find out how to play their part in a new scheme seeking to ensure the area flourishes.

A drop-in session on 10 December at Lyndhurst Community Centre will showcase information about 19 proposed projects within the Landscape Partnership Scheme, as well as details of dozens of volunteering opportunities. The scheme includes initiatives to:

  • map and restore long forgotten gravestones and monuments
  • provide safe and exciting areas for children to reconnect with nature through play
  • train young farmers and commoners in essential skills
  • restore hedgerows to provide habitat corridors for wildlife.

The projects are part of the £4.5 million Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme, which will be run by the New Forest National Park Authority and nine other organisations from 2016 once the Heritage Lottery Fund grant is confirmed.

Anybody can attend the drop in day between 2pm and 8.30pm to give their views on the projects and explore ways of taking part. Volunteers are at the heart of the scheme, which has the aim of restoring habitats, developing Forest skills and inspiring a new generation to care for the area.

John Pemberton, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘This scheme has the potential to make a real difference to the New Forest in a whole variety of ways, and this drop in session is the perfect way for people to find out how they can be a part of it.

‘Whether you want to investigate your community’s past, educate others about the New Forest’s traditions, help the area’s wildlife prosper, or make a difference in a dozen other ways, there are opportunities for you to be a part of Our Past, Our Future.’

The Landscape Partnership Scheme is led by the New Forest National Park Authority working alongside several delivery and funding partners including the Beaulieu Estate, Commoners Defence Association, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Natural England, New Forest Centre, and the New Forest Land Advice Service.

For more information on how to get involved in the Landscape Partnership Scheme visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/landscape-partnership or email ourpast.ourfuture@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

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Notes to photo editor:

Visitors to the National Park Authority’s stand at the New Forest Show share their views on the Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Notes to editor:

About Our Past, Our Future

Our Past, Our Future is a Landscape Partnership Scheme for the New Forest which, supported by Heritage Lottery Funding, will undertake a range of projects to restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest. The partnership focuses on the enclosed lands which surround the Open Forest.

The seven year scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority working alongside several delivery and funding partners including the Beaulieu Estate, Commoners Defence Association, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Natural England, New Forest Centre, and the New Forest Land Advice Service.

These organisations will take collective responsibility for the delivery of the Programmes if we are successful with the Stage 2 application. The Landscape Partnership has been awarded a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to employ a project team that will work with the partners to develop and refine the initial Stage 1 bid for the Stage 2 submission in 2015. If this is successful, then the Delivery Phase of the Scheme will run from 2016 – 2020.

For more information on Our Past, Our Future visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/landscapepartnership.

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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