Thank you from everyone at our New Forest hotel
We have raised over £30k for the New Forest Trust!
Having collected donations from guests and diners for several years, this month our New Forest accommodation hit a landmark sum totalling more than £30k for our chosen charity – The New Forest Trust.
Donations were raised through room bookings and specific dishes on our menu. Thanks to all of your fantastic efforts the money raised enables the trust to fund projects that conserve and protect the unique landscape, wildlife and the traditional commoning way of life within the New Forest.
“We’re sincerely grateful to all our guests who have contributed to this significant sum – we can’t thank you enough. We’re always keen to do what we can and it never ceases to amaze me how our guests support us and get involved, helping us ensure we maintain this special place where people work, live and visit, for generations to come!” – Robert Crosthwaite Eyre, owner of The Bell Inn.
We recently visited one of the projects to receive a grant from our donations. The Pondhead Conservation Trust benefited from a ‘Love New Forest’ grant to install a new charcoal retort. Managed entirely by volunteers, Pondhead is a community woodland project working in partnership with the Forestry Commission. Its aim is to improve the biodiversity of the 13th century Royal Deer Park (just outside Lyndhurst) via sustainable, wood coppicing techniques – the oldest method of wood management – to sustain and support the woodland and its wildlife.
Years ago, coppiced wood provided the timber for charcoal production. Thanks to some of the donations raised by our New Forest accommodation, Pondhead has revived this historic New Forest industry by installing a modern, environmentally friendly kiln to burn the hazel and birch coppiced on the 200-acre site. The result is converted into high-quality BBQ charcoal, sold through local outlets, hotels and shops in the New Forest, often going no further than 10 miles from the tree.
Founder of Pondhead Conservation Trust, Dave Dibben, said: “When we started this project in 2014 we were heavily reliant and extremely grateful for any grant donations and were delighted when we were able to purchase the charcoal retort. It enables us to be self-sustainable with wood from the site. The charcoal we produce is high quality that lights easily, burns evenly and is even used by artists for drawing!”.
William Ziegler, Chairman of the New Forest Trust said: “The New Forest is indebted to anyone who donates to these great causes throughout the New Forest. They’re hugely important to the long-term well being of our cultural and environmental heritage”.