Our partners

ExxonMobil ancient tree hunt by Ian Jackson

Our corporate partners play a vital role in protecting the New Forest for future generations. Find out how we are working with our partners.

Air Wick

In early 2014 the UK's National Parks entered a partnership with home fragrance brand Air Wick (part of Reckitt Benckiser) to help promote the values and special qualities of Britain's National Parks.

A leading home fragrance brand for 70 years, Air Wick designed the exclusive National Parks Fragrance Collection with the aim of helping to evoke the spirit of the National Parks, with the fragrances focusing on different members of the UK's National Park family.

In addition to raising awareness of the National Parks family, our partnership with Air Wick will help generate funds for vital projects to conserve heritage and improve facilities for the National Parks and the communities within them.

Air Wick’s Crystal Air product inspired by the New Forest is currently on sale in Wilkinsons stores and will be available in most British supermarkets later in the summer.

For more information visit the National Parks website.

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Camping in the Forest

In a partnership with the National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission, Camping in the Forest sponsored a new seasonal ranger based at four of its campsites in the New Forest during the summer of 2014.

Ranger Chris Marshall led bug hunts, forest games, guided walks and craft activities exclusively for Camping in the Forest customers.

The fun activities also showed visitors how to care for the Forest and be responsible campers, reinforcing important messages such as not feeding the animals and leaving the Forest as it was found.

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At Fawley on the edge of the National Park, Esso Petroleum Company Limited and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited operate one of the largest and most complex oil refining and petrochemical manufacturing sites in Europe.

Nigel Burt, Planning and Controls Adviser, UK Public Affairs at ExxonMobil, said: ‘As important members of the Waterside community for 60 years, we are committed to being responsible neighbours and have a well-established programme of community links in the area. We are also a major employer with around 1,700 workers at the site and we are committed to continuously improving our environmental performance.

‘ExxonMobil at Fawley has been supporting the New Forest National Park Authority for a number of years with a wide range of environmental and heritage initiatives, several of which have enabled us to involve ExxonMobil staff.

'These have ranged from:

  • sponsoring a coastal ranger
  • a project to map ancient trees in the National Park (of which the New Forest has the highest concentration in western Europe)
  • open art and photography competitions and exhibitions bringing the beauty of the landscape to new audiences
  • a project to chart the coastal heritage of the area and to turn the information into educational resources
  • supporting the New Forest Remembers – untold stories of WWII project which charts the area’s crucial role in the war effort, through archaeology, documents, photography, and memories.

‘A partnership with the National Park Authority has provided an unusual and fascinating way for us to support the local community which is important to our staff. It has increased our profile in the area through publicity, exhibitions and awards and it has helped us to demonstrate our commitment to the environment. Importantly, our partnership has also provided a number of opportunities for our staff to volunteer with several of these projects.’

We are delighted that ExxonMobil has now confirmed support for our New Forest First World War Project and pledged its support for the Our Past Our Future landscape partnership.

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We have teamed up with active lifestyle brand Garmin, headquartered at Totton on the edge of the National Park, to provide cycle hire customers with free GPS navigation devices.

Working with local cycle hire operators, these devices will help them easily navigate around the Forest and stay on the permitted cycling network.

We are currently trialling the devices and plan to roll out the programme later this summer.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said working closely with leading-edge companies can help the National Park develop innovative solutions to issues in the New Forest.

He said: ‘We're always looking for practical ways to help everyone enjoying the Forest’s cycle routes to stay on track, and Garmin's excellent devices will help achieve that. People need to know where the permitted routes are, and  these GPS cycling devices are going to be a great help to cyclists so that they know exactly where they are going and can get the best out of the 130 miles of gravelled tracks, whilst also helping preserve tranquillity and minimise any disturbance to wildlife.’

Gail Cook, UK and Ireland Marketing Manager at Garmin International, said: ‘Garmin is an active lifestyle brand and we are delighted to encourage family cycling throughout the UK. I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to support our local New Forest National Park Authority’s cycling scheme with the provision of a large number of our Edge Touring units, a sat nav for your bike. These cycling computers are pre-loaded with maps of dedicated cycle paths to encourage family cycling participation whilst preserving the beauty of the New Forest.’

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Merrell has been bringing the world fantastic, stylish outdoor shoes since 1981.

Merrell products are produced to the highest possible standards and are made to be tough and durable - perfect for lovers of any outdoor activity.

We are delighted that Merrell is supporting the family of 15 National Parks.

We hope the partnership will:

  • help us engage and inspire new audiences
  • promote the activities for all we have to offer
  • help us in our work conserving these very special places.

For more information visit the National Parks website or Merrell.

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The New Forest Walking Festival 2014 is sponsored by Stewarts who, amongst other things, have Garden Centres at Christchurch and Broomhill, Wimborne.

The Walking Festival attracted more than 300 people across 31 guided walks, triple the size of the inaugural festival in 2013.

Unlike other walking festivals, all the walks are free or discounted for those who leave their cars behind and travel by public transport, by bike or on foot – helping to reduce carbon emissions and protect the fragile landscapes of the National Park.

Plans are now underway to grow the New Forest Walking Festival for 2015.

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