The New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, charity no. 279373, owns and runs the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. There are opportunities for individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to support to work of the Trust.
The Trust was set up in 1979 for the purpose of creating a lasting memorial to the nine-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the New Forest.
Successful fundraising led to the opening of the New Forest Museum and Visitor Centre in 1988 and today the Trust continues to strive to generate income to cover its operational costs and to raise funds to improve its displays and services.
Our Vision Statement reads:
The New Forest Centre is the place for all residents and visitors to the Forest to visit to learn about the special qualities of the New Forest National Park in association with the National Park Authority and in partnership with the New Forest District Council. Through its collections, displays, education programme, outreach and partnership working, it celebrates the Forest’s unique ecology, history and culture, and engenders a sense of stewardship in its visitors. The Christopher Tower Reference Library continues to collect relevant material and is widely used and recognised as a centre of excellence. The shop strives to reflect the ethos of the Centre and to provide a significant source of income as part of a sustainable funding mix and the Visitor Information Centre provides all visitors with tourist information for the area.