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National Parks delivering a better environment today and for future generations

national parks plan

Published on Monday 23 October 2017

Larger National Parks and more young people learning in these spectacular landscapes. These are just some of the highlights in a new report published by National Parks England today.

National Parks Week countdown begins

national parks plan

Published on Tuesday 11 July 2017

This year’s National Parks Week (Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July) is all about bringing people together.

Explore some of the best freshwater habitats in the UK

Fairy shrimp in a new forest pond by naomi ewald2

Published on Thursday 29 June 2017

A joint press release by the Freshwater Habitats Trust and the New Forest National Park Authority.

Uncovering the medieval and pre-historic past of the New Forest

Denny dig

Published on Thursday 15 June 2017

Uncovering the medieval and pre-historic past of the New Forest in an excavation led by University of Winchester archaeologist.

Reality TV of the feathered kind returns to New Forest


Published on Wednesday 29 March 2017

Nature’s own reality TV is back from Saturday 1 April, giving visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day trials and tribulations of the New Forest life of rare birds.

Record numbers of people enjoy a walk in the Park


Published on Tuesday 1 November 2016

The New Forest Walking Festival has made great strides in its fourth year, with 1,900 walkers learning about the New Forest during the two week event.

New adventure children’s book launched for National Parks Week


Published on Monday 25 July 2016

Today (25 July) marks the beginning of National Parks Week, the UK National Park family's annual celebration of Britain's breathing spaces.

New Forest Education conference encourages outdoor learning

Education conference June 2016

Published on Thursday 23 June 2016

A conference for teachers on the importance of learning beyond the classroom has been held in the New Forest National Park.

Experts explore making the most of the ‘Natural Health Service’ in the New Forest


Published on Wednesday 6 April 2016

Public Health England’s national Director of Health and Wellbeing joined health and sport professionals to see the New Forest National Park’s innovative schemes to improve our health and wellbeing.

New ‘buddy’ scheme to preserve New Forest’s traditional way of life

Mentor Scheme commoning

Published on Tuesday 5 April 2016

Efforts to ensure traditional New Forest knowledge, skills and practices survive will receive a boost thanks to a new mentoring scheme.

‘Extinct’ Pine Martens discovered in the New Forest

Pine Marten

Published on Wednesday 30 March 2016

Wildlife enthusiasts undertaking mammal surveys in the New Forest National Park have captured remarkable footage of Pine Martens.

New plan for National Parks gives every schoolchild a chance to visit

national parks plan

Published on Wednesday 23 March 2016

Every schoolchild in England will have the chance to visit our inspiring National Parks at each stage of their education under plans announced today by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Furzley the squirrel champions car-free travel

Furzley launch

Published on Monday 7 March 2016

A new children’s book and online game that promote the benefits of sustainable travel have been launched in the New Forest.

Award winning volunteer to open New Forest fair

new forest show 2015

Published on Tuesday 12 January 2016

This year’s expanded New Forest Volunteer Fair is set to be opened by the National Parks UK young volunteer of the year.

Our 2015 highlights in the New Forest National Park

Mare and foal skipping

Published on Wednesday 30 December 2015

Happy New Year! Here are our highlights of 2015.

Multi-million pound scheme enhances New Forest’s world renowned habitats


Published on Friday 18 December 2015

England’s largest environmental improvement scheme has reached its halfway point, after five years of impressive achievements in the New Forest.

Get snapping in the Forest this autumn

seasonal snaps

Published on Wednesday 4 November 2015

The New Forest Seasonal Snaps photo competition returns today, giving people the chance to win great prizes for their autumnal photos.

Landmark grant to secure New Forest’s future


Published on Monday 26 October 2015

A partnership scheme to conserve the New Forest’s unique heritage, landscape and wildlife for future generations has received £2.8m, thanks to National Lottery players.

National Parks are England’s nature hotspots

Adders and flower reptile centre

Published on Monday 20 July 2015

A new assessment by National Parks England has found that the New Forest and England's nine other National Parks are among the very best places in the country for wildlife.

New Forest commoners receive expert support

land advice

Published on Thursday 9 July 2015

Commoners in the New Forest will receive much-needed financial support to continue their ancient way of life thanks to help from local land advisers.

Teachers inspired by New Forest education conference

Teachers learning about wild play at the new forest national park education conference cropped

Published on Tuesday 30 June 2015

A conference for teachers on the importance of outdoor learning and ‘wild play’ has been held in the New Forest National Park.

National Parks England - so much more than the view

Ashurst Woods

Published on Wednesday 17 June 2015

England’s most iconic landscapes – a hidden economic powerhouse. ‘So much more than the view…’

Art competition open for entries

michael parker

Published on Friday 1 May 2015

The New Forest’s famous scenery, wildlife and traditions will be celebrated this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competition.

Sweet taste of success for New Forest chocolatier

New Forest Marque

Published on Thursday 30 April 2015

A chocolate maker in the New Forest has scooped a prestigious national award for producing treats of the highest quality.

Shipwright School ready to welcome students

mary montagu

Published on Thursday 9 April 2015

A new replica timber frame 18th century shipwrights’ workshop at the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard, on the banks of the Beaulieu River, has been handed over to the IBTC.

New Forest stargazers overcome ‘night blight’ to flourish


Published on Tuesday 17 March 2015

Astronomers across the New Forest are heralding the area as an excellent location for stargazing, while raising awareness of the impact of light pollution on dark night skies.

TV presenter's wildlife films to mark 10 year anniversary of the New Forest National Park

Simon King 10 year anniversary

Published on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Wildlife films celebrating the world-class landscapes of the New Forest, have been produced to mark its 10 year anniversary as a National Park.

Local community invited to join study on reducing visual impact of existing power lines in New Forest

Idol of Bratley

Published on Monday 23 February 2015

National Grid and New Forest National Park Authority collaborating as part of the Visual Impact Provision project

Laser scanning brings ice house to life


Published on Thursday 29 January 2015

Eating an ice cream in the idyllic New Forest is a pleasure that many of us take for granted.

Volunteers create New Forest’s first community woodland

Pondhead Conservation Trust

Published on Thursday 8 January 2015

Volunteers are reviving old forest customs such as charcoal production to care for the New Forest’s first community woodland.

Schools go eco to benefit the New Forest


Published on Thursday 18 December 2014

A project to help children across the New Forest make their school and local area more environmentally friendly has received a major funding boost.

Be part of a multi-million pound New Forest project

our past our future

Published on Wednesday 3 December 2014

New Forest residents and visitors are invited to find out how to play their part in a new scheme seeking to ensure the area flourishes.

Rare bird recorded at common for first time in a decade

Luke Parkinson

Published on Tuesday 2 December 2014

An iconic New Forest bird species has been recorded at Barton Common in New Milton for the first time in more than 10 years.

New Forest photo contest attracts record number of entries

seasonal snaps

Published on Friday 21 November 2014

A bellowing stag, highland cattle and brightly-coloured fungi were the prize winners in the autumn edition of the ‘Seasonal Snaps’ photo contest, which received a record number of entries.

Photo contest to celebrate autumn in the Forest

web crop

Published on Thursday 6 November 2014

The Seasonal Snaps photo competition is back for its autumn edition, inviting people to submit their autumnal photos of the New Forest on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win great prizes.

New Forest commoners face grant change challenges

land advice

Published on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Changes to payments that farmers receive to help them rear animals or grow crops are posing unique challenges for New Forest commoners.

Eco-house weekend inspires people to go green

green open doors

Published on Tuesday 21 October 2014

An open house weekend showcasing environmentally friendly technology attracted hundreds of visits from people interested in reducing their bills and saving energy around their home.

Investigate the history on your doorstep

heritage on my doorstep

Published on Monday 6 October 2014

Anyone with an interest in history and a desire to discover more about their local area can unearth the secrets of their community’s past as part of an exciting new project.

Ancient tradition produces world class pork

Luke Parkinson

Published on Thursday 2 October 2014

The ancient New Forest tradition of pannage is producing pork to rival any in the world, thanks to the pigs’ free roaming lifestyle and diet of acorns.

Town turns to animals to maintain wildlife havens

credit Neil Tungate

Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Ponies and cattle have been reintroduced onto two open spaces in New Milton to revitalise the sites for the local community.

Ride and stride around New Forest churches


Published on Thursday 11 September 2014

A record number of New Forest churches are throwing open their doors to visitors this Saturday as part of this year’s Ride and Stride event.

Summer snapped in photo contest

seasonal snaps summer

Published on Thursday 21 August 2014

Prancing ponies, bathing cattle and fluttering butterflies were among the prize winners in the New Forest National Park Authority’s summer photo competition.

Unearth the secrets behind your treasures at finds day

finds day

Published on Wednesday 13 August 2014

A finds identification day in the New Forest is offering people the chance to have their historical objects analysed by local archaeologists.

Environment Minister celebrates National Parks Week in the New Forest

Lord de Mauley

Published on Monday 4 August 2014

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley visited the New Forest during National Parks Week and saw a showcase of life in the National Park.

Conferences top successful year for New Forest education team

news pic

Published on Thursday 24 July 2014

Teachers and pupils have taken part in two education conferences in the New Forest to cap another successful year for the New Forest National Park Authority’s education team.

Celebrate the Forest with your summer snaps


Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

Our Seasonal Snaps photo competition is back for its summer outing, inviting people to submit their seasonal photos of the Forest on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win great prizes.

National Parks Week 2014 celebrates Britain's 'Space to Grow'

Forest scenes by Mark Heighes

Published on Thursday 17 July 2014

Wait a second, why are you indoors?! With summer now in full swing there is no better time to get out and explore the incredible landscapes of the UK's National Parks. And there is no better way to ge

Nominations open for 2014 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards

Volunteer fair

Published on Friday 11 July 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.

Get hands on with history


Published on Monday 7 July 2014

With a spitfire simulator, high-tech gadgets and the chance to handle historical artefacts, the New Forest Heritage Day is a unique chance to get hands on with history.

Volunteers continue fight against alien plants


Published on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Volunteers are heading out into the New Forest this summer to tackle an invasive plant threatening the Forest’s native plant species.

Have your say on playing outdoors

wild play

Published on Thursday 12 June 2014

Children and parents based in and around the New Forest are being asked their thoughts on playing outdoors in the National Park as part of a new research project.

Receive recognition for your building


Published on Wednesday 21 May 2014

A prestigious New Forest awards scheme is seeking innovative buildings within agricultural holdings to promote good design in the National Park.

Viewers have ringside seats as first goshawk chicks hatch


Published on Wednesday 30 April 2014

The first three Date With Nature goshawk chicks have been born in the New Forest.

Art in the Park


Published on Wednesday 16 April 2014

The New Forest’s world-renowned landscapes and wildlife will be celebrated this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competition.

Join us for a Date With Nature


Published on Tuesday 8 April 2014

From Saturday 5 April, visitors will get a privileged peek into the wilder side of New Forest life.

Secrets of the real ‘Dad’s Army’ revealed in World War II scrapbook

Home Guard, World War II

Published on Wednesday 26 March 2014

A scrapbook of top secret orders, letters and hand drawn maps by a war-time Home Guard commander has revealed rare insights into the real ‘Dad’s Army’ of the New Forest.

Shipwright school to teach traditional boatbuilding


Published on Monday 24 February 2014

This year will see the building of a replica timber frame 18th century shipwrights’ workshop at the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard, on the banks of the Beaulieu River.

New Forest’s natural beauty captured in Seasonal Snaps competition

Seasonal snap dog for web

Published on Wednesday 27 November 2013

Photos of sunbeams flickering through the trees, donkeys standing in line at an ice cream van and a dog with a beaming smile are the winners of the National Park Authority’s photography competition.

New Forest Open Art People's Prize winner

Daniel Byrne's painting 'Just Standing'

Published on Friday 11 October 2013

The New Forest Centre and National Park Authority are pleased to announce this year’s winner of the New Forest Open Art People's Prize, sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery and Park Culture

Landscapes need cherishing

Forest fungi at Norley Wood

Published on Friday 27 September 2013

National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty from across the UK have declared that landscapes should be high on the agenda once again.

Youth Mosaic project launched in the New Forest

Youth mosaic launch at Burley

Published on Friday 23 August 2013

An innovative project to provide skills and opportunities for young people in the New Forest was launched in Burley.

Winners shine through at inaugural New Forest open art competition

Open art competition winner

Published on Monday 5 August 2013

Barry Peckham’s oil painting ‘Brambles at Denny Wood’ is the winner of the inaugural Exxon Mobil at the Fawley Refinery Open Art competition.

Discover wildlife with the New Forest National Park Authority in National Parks Week

Love your national parks logo

Published on Friday 26 July 2013

Visitors to the New Forest Show next week are invited to celebrate National Parks Week and learn about wildlife and wild places at the New Forest National Park Authority stand.

Love Your National Parks celebration launched

Love your national parks logo

Published on Monday 10 June 2013

Celebrating National Parks which bring us health, wealth and happiness

National Parks photo competition winner named

UK ANPA logo

Published on Thursday 23 May 2013

Adventurer Ben Fogle names winner of UK National Parks 'Actively Yours' photo competition

Valuing England's National Parks

National Parks England logo

Published on Thursday 23 May 2013

Our most beautiful landscapes are living, working places where beauty drives the economy.

Watch the New Forest National Park on ITV tonight

Caroline Quentin New Forest

Published on Tuesday 21 May 2013

The natural beauty and special qualities of the New Forest National Park will be showcased in an ITV documentary tonight with Caroline Quentin.

ITV series to feature New Forest National Park

Caroline Quentin

Published on Tuesday 30 April 2013

The New Forest National Park will be featured as part of a new ITV series with actress Caroline Quentin to celebrate the country’s National Parks.

Boost for New Forest commoning

New Forest Pony

Published on Thursday 21 March 2013

The New Forest’s ancient farming traditions have received a boost thanks to land secured at Rockford Common near Ringwood, in support of commoning.

Top marks for Education Team

Published on Wednesday 18 July 2012

The term has ended and the New Forest National Park Authority Education Team’s end-of-year report is bursting with achievements.

Celebrate the ‘Festival of British Archaeology’ in the New Forest

Published on Friday 6 July 2012

Discover the secrets of the New Forest by coming along to an event celebrating the annual Festival of British Archaeology.

Bluebell bonanza in New Forest National Park

Published on Thursday 3 May 2012

With Spanish invaders, genetic mutants and trampling ponies it’s a wonder that one of Britain’s best-loved spring flowers can survive at all in the New Forest National Park.

Rare fungus discovered during ‘wildlife bonanza’

Published on Tuesday 28 June 2011

Moths, fungus, bats, birds and an array of pond and sea life were just some of the many finds at this year’s ‘Bioblitz’.

Photography exhibition at New Forest Centre

Published on Thursday 16 December 2010

Brighten up your January by taking a trip to the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst to visit the free ‘Dream View’ photography exhibition - celebrating what people enjoy most about the New Forest.

If you go down to the woods today…

Published on Tuesday 14 December 2010

If you go down to the woods today… you’re sure to find children enjoying the New Forest in ways not seen before.

From Paraguay to the New Forest – Natural History Museum experts explore rare habitats

Published on Tuesday 21 September 2010

The exotic country of Paraguay seems far removed from William the Conqueror’s New Forest – a wildlife haven nestled between Bournemouth and Southampton.

How many butterflies can you spot?

Published on Wednesday 21 July 2010

There are 58 species of butterflies in Great Britain but did you know that the New Forest is home to a large variety of these?

Lidar survey aids archaeology in the New Forest National Park

Published on Thursday 27 May 2010

Important archaeological discoveries such as prehistoric burial mounds and a World War II practice bombing range have been made in the New Forest National Park by a lidar pilot survey.

Rare species found in New Forest dash to record wildlife

Published on Tuesday 25 May 2010

A 24-hour wildlife bonanza to record as many species as possible in the New Forest National Park revealed some exciting finds.

Join the 24-hour dash to record National Park wildlife

Published on Wednesday 5 May 2010

Worm charming, seashore safaris, a bat hunt and dawn chorus discovery are all part of the New Forest National Park ‘bioblitz’ to record as many kinds of wildlife as possible in 24 hours.

Enjoy a spring coastline exploration

Published on Tuesday 20 April 2010

Visit the Lymington - Keyhaven nature reserve on Sunday 2 May from 11am - 4pm to join in the third spring wildlife day. inhabitants of the New Forest coastline.

National Park Coastal Ranger offers free walks and talks

Published on Monday 8 February 2010

Community groups and schools can learn about the coastline of the New Forest National Park for free from Coastal Ranger Leanne Atkinson.

National Park goes all of a ‘flutter’ with bird events

Published on Monday 8 February 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority is helping to mark the first ever Hampshire Bird Festival with a celebration of ‘bird’ events this half-term.

New ways to learn about the National Park

Published on Thursday 14 January 2010

Five new Local Information Points will soon be opening in the New Forest thanks to the National Park Authority.

Fantastic finds with Hampshire Field Club

Published on Wednesday 16 September 2009

Exciting discoveries were made in historic New Forest churches when the New Forest National Park’s archaeological officer Frank Green and colleagues led a fascinating tour last weekend.

Audio tours sound the way

Published on Monday 24 August 2009

Walkers can take their own guide with them to discover the history and wildlife of the National Park thanks to four new audio tours.

New webcam gives bird’s eye view of the Forest

Published on Friday 7 August 2009

If you would rather be out enjoying the New Forest than sitting at your computer, you can now enjoy the next best thing.

National Park comes up 'trumps'

Published on Thursday 5 March 2009

The family favourite ‘top trumps’ has been re-designed with a twenty-first century twist, thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority.

New Forest students get stuck into science

Published on Monday 7 July 2008

Over 300 students from four local secondary schools have been getting back to nature thanks to a fun and inspiring new project.

100 ways to test your local knowledge

Published on Friday 4 April 2008

One hundred questions have been designed to test, tease and improve your knowledge of the New Forest.

Calling all tree lovers…

Published on Wednesday 5 March 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority Tree Officer, Bryan Wilson will be revealing the secrets of New Forest trees in two specially designed events this spring.

Wake up to bird song and breakfast the New Forest way

Published on Wednesday 16 May 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority has teamed up with the White Swan public house to offer an invigorating start to your Saturday morning with an early morning stroll.

Explore Pennington marshes this spring

Published on Monday 30 April 2007

On Sunday 20 May, Pennington Marshes will be home to the first ever ‘Spring Wildlife Day’.

A great opportunity to learn about trees

Published on Monday 30 April 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Senior Tree Officer, Bryan Wilson will be giving a guided tour around Roydon Wood.

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