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New Forest conservation grants of £5,000 up for grabs

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GRANTS of up to £5,000 are up for grabs for projects aimed at looking after the New Forest.

The money is available from the Love the Forest scheme, which distributes cash raised by local businesses asking customers to add a small donation to their bills.

Previous projects it has funded are litter-picking kits, supporting conservation volunteers, printing copies of the New Forest Code, and helping the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to weed out invasive non-native plants.

NPA volunteers clearing scrub at Lepe
NPA volunteers clearing scrub at Lepe

William Ziegler, chair of the New Forest Trust which runs the initiative, said: “The New Forest is one of the best places for wildlife in Europe with many rare species, all underpinned by the ancient tradition of commoning – with the grazing animals helping to shape the landscape.

“Now we’re asking for schools, businesses and organisations to come forward with more innovative projects to help look after this internationally-important area.”

He added: “We would also like to thank our partner businesses and their customers who have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years to ensure the spectacular New Forest is protected for future generations.”

Grants ranging from £50 to £5,000 are available for projects that meet objectives of conservation and education in the New Forest.

Visit www.lovetheforest.org.uk

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