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Commoners’ Salt Lick Project

The Trust is very pleased to be supporting the New Forest Commoners in their project to provide salt bins away from the unfenced roads, thereby keeping their animals away from the freshly gritted and salted roads in the winter months. Their first trial in the north west of the Forest has been very successful and they are looking to provide similar salt licks along other roads that have hot spots for tragic incidents this year.


Fallen Stock

Not the nicest thing to have to deal with, but the Trust has been pleased to support the New Forest Fallen Stock Collection Service, so that it can offer a fully professional service to the commoners

Pine martens return to the south of England

A very rewarding project that we’ve supported was the study that confirmed that pine martens, a species previously only thought to have survived in the North of England, have established a population in the New Forest . Our grant enabled the team from Wild New Forest to conduct DNA analysis of pine marten ‘scats’, or droppings, to help determine the number of individual animals present in various areas.

Common Cause: Shared Forest

Funding has been provided to help support the Shared Forest Project, which aims to increase public awareness of commoning as a modern farming system and as an important part of the New Forest’s cultural heritage. It also aims to encourage local residents and visitors to better understand commoning and help safeguard animals grazing on the open Forest.

More information about the project can be found at:


Educating local and inner city children

Our funding is helping over 3,300 children from local and inner city schools learn about the culture and heritage of the New Forest, become more aware of the importance of conservation and gain new skills.

Attending the education programme at the New Forest Heritage Centre the children take part in interactive sessions including outdoor group work, visits to the Verderers Court and opportunities to explore Museum handling collections.