Lottery chief support for New Forest landscape scheme


Published Wednesday 7 September 2016

The head of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has visited the New Forest to learn more about the area’s multi-million pound landscape partnership scheme.

HLF Chief Executive Ros Kerslake found out about habitats being restored, volun-teers being enthused and wildlife being protected as part of the National Lottery-funded £4.4m scheme. The Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership is run by the New Forest National Park Authority and 10 key partners.  

The visit offered an insight into some of the 21 projects within the scheme, which seeks to make the Forest fit for future generations. This included:

  • New Forest Knowledge: recording the Forest’s past by making thousands of historic documents and records from the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst available online.
  • Nature’s Stepping Stones: improving the management of neglected land to benefit wildlife and plant life
  • National Trust Foxbury: restoring and increasing native woodland and heathland cover while encouraging sustainable recreation, community and educational use.


New Forest National Park Authority member Marian Spain said: ‘This was a great opportunity to show HLF the positive impact that this landscape partnership scheme is already having in the National Park.

‘By working closely with our 10 partners we aim to restore lost habitats, develop For-est skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest.’

Ros Kerslake, HLF’s Chief Executive, said: ‘It was a real pleasure to visit this scheme and see the difference National Lottery money is making in the New Forest. This is a special place and I’m delighted we’ve been able to support the National Park Authority in their vision to protect it for the future.

‘Through our Landscape Partnership programme, we’ve invested £146m in 86 different places across the UK, making a real difference to some of our most beautiful landscapes and the wildlife that call them home.’

For more information on the Our Past, Our Future scheme visit

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Notes to photo editors:

Ros Kerslake, Marian Spain and New Forest National Park Authority chief exe-cutive Alison Barnes at National Trust Foxbury.

Notes to editors:

Our Past, Our Future

Our Past, Our Future is a Landscape Partnership Scheme for the New Forest which, supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, 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 five year scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority working alongside several delivery and funding partners, including the New Forest Land Advice Service.

For more information on Our Past, Our Future visit

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK ex-plore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @HLFSouthEast

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 fabu-lous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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