The Forest Hermitage Trust (FHT) is the organisation of lay people that looks after the material needs of the Sangha, the monks and nuns at the Forest Hermitage. The Trust has responsibility for the provision of food and transport for the Sangha, as well as the finances, maintenance and general upkeep of the Forest Hermitage buildings and gardens. The partnership between the Sangha and the lay community is an important aspect of Buddhist life. The Sangha offers teaching and advice, while laywomen and laymen provide the Sangha with material support. It has been this way since the time of the Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago.