In 2023, we are launching a new branch of the New Forest Marque for local artists and craftspeople. New Forest Marque Inspired will be open to people who create authentic and original art or crafts and trade within the New Forest.
Currently, the New Forest Marque requires members to source 25% of their content or materials from the New Forest to be eligible to join the scheme. While this requirement is in place with good reason for our food and drink producers, it tends to exclude potters, painters, jewellers, photographers and other creatives who cannot source their base materials of clay, paint, silver, canvas etc locally.
New Forest Inspired will allow arts and crafts people in the New Forest to benefit from New Forest Marque membership without the need to source materials locally.
It will welcome people and businesses who currently do not meet the criteria for the Marque, but who create art and crafts inspired by the New Forest and uphold the values and ethos of the New Forest Marque.
Inspired members will:
Create their own, authentic and original work
Produce work designed, made or created in the New Forest
Live within the scheme boundary
Trade within the New Forest
Use local products and services if available
Demonstrate work inspired by the New Forest
Uphold the local and sustainable ethos of the New Forest Marque.
Members of Inspired will enjoy all the benefits of the New Forest Marque including promotion, networking, events and business support.
They will also be able to label their finished work with the distinctive New Forest Marque Inspired logo, showing their products are uniquely local to the New Forest.
Examples of people who may meet the criteria:
A potter from the New Forest who makes ceramic pieces inspired by the landscape
A New Forest artist who paints New Forest scenes and people
A jeweller from the New Forest who makes pieces inspired by the New Forest
A New Forest author who writes fiction that includes local history and folklore