These projects focus on understanding our natural heritage. They will survey, record and monitor our wildlife, to plan and devise a permanent network of open space and ecological connections to protect and increase populations of the plants, animals and insects we have.
These projects explore our past, to rediscover our history and heritage. We would like to reveal our past, to tell the story of the Forest and capture the knowledge and memories of our older generation before we lose that special link with our past.
These projects will enable many people to have the opportunity to celebrate our heritage (be that natural, built or cultural) and to engage with our vibrant musical traditions or get involved with literature, poetry and the use of our Forest dialect.
These projects will facilitate training in a range of heritage skills so that our Forest traditions such as Freemining and Commoning will continue. We aim to enthuse our younger generation so that they carry our passion for our Forest, the Foresters’ Forest, into the future to safeguard a unique, irreplaceable land.
We aim to secure the knowledge we reveal through this programme so that we can use it to share, inspire and enlighten our neighbours, our children and visitors to our Forest, making this knowledge accessible to all. This may be through physical access improvement works or intellectual access or through the medium of new technology devices such as mobile apps.