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New Forest Cultural Development Board

The New Forest Cultural Development Board is dedicated to providing strong and visible leadership for the cultural and creative industries within our district. Our primary objective is to create and implement a comprehensive 10-year cultural strategy. We believe in fostering collaboration and establishing new connections, working across sectors to form valuable partnerships. Our aim is to ensure that the cultural sector is intertwined with the broader cultural, social, and economic goals and priorities of our district. We strive to optimize existing spaces and resources by facilitating the connection of ongoing projects and strategies. Moreover, we will continuously explore fresh investment opportunities, whilst remaining committed to achieving the objectives outlined in our creative strategy. Through a well-defined action plan, we are determined to deliver tangible outcomes that will positively impact our community. 


The New Forest Cultural Development Board aims to: 

  • Lead in the development of, and oversee the management of, a strategic vision and action plan for the New Forest district. 

  • Identify development opportunities, new partnership and greater collaboration between existing partners.  

  • Identify cross-sector and sector specific investment opportunities and funding streams.  

  • Support and further develop the existing New Forest cultural sector whilst also seeking new and innovative projects and ways of working. 

  • Contribute to the New Forest district being an inspiring place to live, work and play. 


The Board will seek to be representative of different sectors and local partners which will include cultural sector, private sector, voluntary sector and other relevant representatives. 

Current membership:

New Forest District Council  

Folio – represented by Forest Forge Theatre Company and The Eling Tide Mill Experience  

Hampshire Cultural Trust  

Hampshire County Council  

Solent LEP  

New Forest National Park Authority  

Culture in Common  

Arts Council England  

We are currently looking to recruit a creative freelance professional to our board, more information can be found here.

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