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Ancient Forest Court Open Day

Ancient Forest Court Open Day

PUBLISHED ON: 5 SEPTEMBER 2019

An exclusive opportunity to see the historic Verderers Hall and discover more about its role in the Forest takes place next Friday (13 September).

Home to the ancient Verderers’ Court, the Verderers Hall is a fascinating piece of Forest history and plays a significant part in the New Forest community. The Hall is an active court where Commoners make presentments on matters related to commoning in the Forest for the Court’s consideration.

Over the last three years restoration work has taken place by Forestry England to preserve the Hall for future generation. Repairs have included relaying the quarry tile flooring that dates from 1904 or earlier, renovating the stained-glass windows and creating two short films about the National Park and the Verderers.

Visitors can drop in to the free event between 11am and 3pm at The Queens House, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NH.

No booking is required and parking is available in the main Lyndhurst Town car park only (pay and display). Please note that dogs are not allowed at this event.

The Common Cause: Verderers Hall renovations have been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme.

To find out more about the event please contact Forestry England on 0300 067 4601 or southern.enquiries@forestryengland.uk.

Further information on the Our Past, Our Future scheme can be found at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/landscapepartnership

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Notes to Photo Editor:

The Verderers Hall has undergone renovations over the last three years as part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund scheme.

Notes to Editor:

Our Past, Our Future

Our Past, Our Future is a Landscape Partnership Scheme for the New Forest which, supported by National 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 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 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:

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: beki.mole@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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