A NEW Forest visitor centre has been given a £2,500 boost through a scheme which raises funds for conservation and education projects.
The New Forest Heritage Centre, a museum, gallery and reference library in Lyndhurst, was awarded the grant by the New Forest Trust’s Love the Forest initiative, which secures funding through donations from local businesses and the millions of visitors to the national park each year.
Manager Giles Gould said: “Without support like this we simply couldn’t do what we do; in a year in which everyone has faced ongoing challenges, we are delighted to be open, preserving the heritage and telling the story of the New Forest.”
Free to enter, the centre attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually, and its exhibits, collections and education service play a vital role in promoting conservation and educating locals and visitors alike.
The facility 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.
New Forest Trust chair William Ziegler said: “Our core aim is to increase the public understanding of the New Forest, and the educational work by the heritage centre ties in very closely with this.”
Love the Forest has raised a total £265,000 for local groups and organisations.
As well as donating directly or running fundraising events, businesses in the New Forest provide opportunities for their customers to help conserve the precious landscape of the area by adding a donation on a room stay, meal or product.
To make a donation to Love the Forest, go to bit.ly/3o6PgQ8