Our Past, Our Future
Landscape Partnership Summary
The New Forest is a unique landscape - extensive areas of ancient woodland, mire and heath, closely connected to the villages, small-holdings and farms which are integral to the Forest and which have been formed through the close relationship between the land and its people over thousands of years.
New pressures put this heritage, wildlife and landscape at risk: changes in land management, increases in population and loss of connection with the land all threaten the intrinsic character and quality of the Forest.
Protecting this unique environment was given a boost in October 2013 when a £2.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Landscape Partnership grant was ear-marked for the National Park to restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest.
This will be undertaken through a series of programmes promoting learning, informed access, community involvement and landscape restoration. Working with farmers, commoners, landowners, communities, visitors and forest organisations will enable us to share and develop the necessary skills, and enthusiasm needed to care for the Forest and make it fit to face the challenges of the future.
The 'Our Past, Our Future' New Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme will be led by the New Forest National Park Authority, the New Forest Centre and seven other key partners who will contribute their own funding to increase the funds available to deliver the proposed work to £4.5 million.
Initially, HLF has awarded the partners a development grant which will allow us, during 2014 - 2015, to develop the proposals for the delivery of the main programme of projects which will be implemented from 2016 - 2020.