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Artists benefit from £6,000 funding boost

Artists benefit from £6,000 funding boost


The scheme is part of the New Forest Arts Festival and has enabled artists to fund venues and materials so they can take part in the Festival.

Organisations benefiting included:

  • Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy, £605, Create Your own Fairy Tale Workshop on Saturday 10 June and three school workshops
  • Professional cartoonist Simon Chadwick, £350, Free Art For All on Saturday 17 June
  • Coda Music Trust, £500, Songs For Wild Horses on Saturday 17 June
  • Worple Press, The Tree Line Book Launch on Saturday 17 June
  • Countryside Education Trust, £725, Tremendous Tree Trail and the Treeline Poetry Book Launch on Saturday 17 June
  • Exbury Gardens, £450, The Growing Book workshop on Saturday 10 June, Create a Clay Man Tree Face on Sunday 11 June, New Forest Arts Festival Exhibition from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 24 June, Mortimer Sparks and The Perilous Plants Adventure Trail on Saturday 17 and 24 June
  • Minstead Trust, £855, Furzey Gardens Beneath the Trees Saturday 10 — Sunday 25 June
  • Creative Kids, £331.91, Free Art For All on Saturday 17 June
  • Headway Southampton, £175, Poetry Workshop in the Forest on Tuesday 13 June and Poetry Performance on Tuesday 20 June
  • Rainbow Kids, £720, Celebrate and Create: Traditional Arts and Crafts of the Forest on Saturday 10 June
  • Forest Forge Theatre Company, £680, The Crucible on Saturday 24 June.

Jane Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of the Countryside Education Trust, said: ‘As a charity, our grant from the New Forest Arts Festival has been invaluable in enabling the Countryside Education Trust to run a creative and inspiring event.

‘Alongside our wonderfully imaginative Tremendous Tree Trail, which focuses on iconic trees in our woodland, we are also hosting the launch of Treeline Poetry Book. This poetry book features well known poets including Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales 2008-2016) who will be reading at the launch.’

New Forest District Council Chairman Cllr Christine Ward said following the recent launch: ‘I was delighted to attend the launch evening of the second New Forest Arts Festival at Minstead Lodge and witness the incredible talent of some of the New Forest’s creative community.

‘The New Forest District Council is glad to be a part of such a fantastic event and offer its support. I hope that this year sees another successful Festival and celebration of the arts within the National Park.’

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘We are thrilled the Arts Festival received additional funding this year from New Forest District Council, enabling an exciting and diverse programme of events that celebrates the wealth of talent here in the New Forest.’

Running from 10 — 25 June, the Festival offers residents and visitors the chance to experience a wide range of art in unusual spaces. There are over 60 fantastic events taking place and lots of opportunities to get involved, with events including art workshops, drama performances and films, and many events are free.

This year’s Festival has a particular focus on the theme of trees, linking to a new ‘Charter for woods, trees and people’ being developed nationally in recognition of the role trees and woods play in our lives. It is led by the Woodland Trust and events are taking place across the country throughout 2017.

Last year over 3,800 people discovered the National Park through art and celebrated the wealth of creative talent within the area. Find out more about the events taking place this year and start planning your art adventure at

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority with local creative organisations, the Festival is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project called Our Past, Our Future, helping to protect the landscape and encourage people to find out more about the Forest’s fascinating heritage. Our Past, Our Future is led by the Authority in partnership with 10 key organisations, undertaking 21 projects across the New Forest.


Notes to Photo Editors

Guests enjoy Morris dancing by the New Forest Meddlars, based in Lyndhurst, at the New Forest Arts Festival launch event.

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest Arts Festival

The New Forest Arts Festival is one of many projects within a Heritage Lottery Fund scheme called Our Past Our Future, led by the New Forest National Park Authority with 10 key partners.

Over the next four years it will help protect and enhance the landscape, develop Forest skills and encourage residents and visitors to discover and safeguard the Forest’s fascinating heritage. More details at

This is the second year of the Arts Festival, with around 60 events inviting people to celebrate the New Forest National Park’s landscape, culture and creative community. Many of the events are in unusual venues and there are many opportunities to take part.


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 to find out more.

Media Contact
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639

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