Common Cause: Through Our Ancestors’ Eyes
The New Forest Trust is one of several groups providing funding towards the Through Our Ancestors’ Eyes project which will help to maintain the unique heritage of commoning in the New Forest by developing a programme of learning and discovery.
Led by the Commoners Defence Association the project is conserving and cataloguing the history of commoning, forestry and agriculture by collecting and digitising old photographs, associated oral histories and other documents from Commoners. This will ensure that unique history of the New Forest is preserved for the future.
Some of the documents and materials found by the project are available at: www.facebook.com/throughourancestorseyes
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: www.newforestcommoners.com/
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.
Beaulieu Road Sale Yard
The Beaulieu Road Sale Yard plays a key role in selling ponies and New Forest commoning life. The New Forest Trust is responsible for the lease of the ground, covers the insurance cost and makes contributions to the New Forest Livestock Society which manages sale events.
Christopher Tower Library
The New Forest Centre‘s library has a remarkable collection of material that is available to those interested in the written history of the New Forest. The New Forest Trust has made several donations to the Library including one to provide a fund for immediate purchase of books and papers.
This funding was needed because experience showed that too often the centre was unable to buy an important document because it took too long to raise the money required. Having a fund with immediately available finance took away the risk that such documents would be lost to their collection.