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Love the Forest awards grant to vital heritage centre

Love the Forest awards grant to vital heritage centre

PUBLISHED ON: 30 DECEMBER 2020

Love the Forest media release: A New Forest centre that inspires visitors to explore and value the National Park has received £2,500 from the Love the Forest scheme.

The Love the Forest scheme is part of the New Forest Trust and secures financial support locally through donations and from the millions of people who visit the Forest each year.

It has awarded a grant to the New Forest Heritage Centre, a museum, gallery and reference library dedicated to sharing the history and traditions of the New Forest.

Located in Lyndhurst, the centre is free to enter and attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year. Its exhibits, collections and education service play a vital role in promoting conservation and educating visitors and residents.

The Heritage Centre also houses the Christopher Tower Reference Library which boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of material about the New Forest open to the public, including sections dedicated to individual towns and villages.

Giles Gould, Manager of the New Forest Heritage Centre, said: ‘Once again we are indebted to Love the Forest for their on-going support. In a year in which everyone has faced on-going challenges, we are delighted to be open, preserving the heritage and telling the story of the New Forest. Without support like this we simply couldn’t do what we do.’

The Love the Forest scheme works with businesses across the New Forest to raise funds for conservation and education projects, as well as providing grants to local organisations.

Businesses in the New Forest provide opportunities for their customers to help look after this precious landscape by adding a donation on a room stay, meal or product. Some businesses donate directly or run fundraising events and the scheme has raised £265,000 for New Forest groups and organisations.

William Ziegler, Chairman of the New Forest Trust, said:  ‘Given that one of the Trust’s core aims is to increase the public’s understand of the New Forest, we are pleased to support the Heritage Centre as the educational work they do ties in so closely with this.’

If you are a New Forest business and would like to help protect this special place, please get in touch: https://www.newforesttrust.org.uk/love-the-forest

Alternatively, you can donate to Love the Forest online: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1008157

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The New Forest Trust

The Love the Forest scheme is part of the New Forest Trust, which was founded in 2003 with one simple aim – to secure the future of the New Forest.

The Trust’s charitable aims are:

  • Promoting the conservation, protection and improvement of the New Forest
  • Promoting the conservation and protection of the commoning livestock, the deer and other flora and fauna of the New Forest
  • Promoting the education and understanding of the public in the commoning of livestock, of fauna and flora and the environment of the New Forest.

The New Forest National Park Authority runs the Love the Forest scheme on behalf of the New Forest Trust.

New Forest National Park Authority

The New Forest National Park Authority runs the Love the Forest scheme on behalf of the New Forest Trust.

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.

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