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Conference provides unique look into Forest’s history and archaeology

Josie Lawrence at NFK conference 2017

Published on Thursday 23 November 2017

More than 130 people came together to discover more about the fascinating history and archaeology of the New Forest at a special two day conference.

National Parks UK Volunteer Awards – Winners Announced

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Published on Wednesday 22 November 2017

From BME community mentors in Peak District National Park to family and scout groups protecting the Cleveland Way trail; the winners of the National Parks UK Volunteer Awards 2017 have been revealed.

Warning of fireworks distressing New Forest livestock

New forest ponies and fireworks news article

Published on Monday 30 October 2017

Fireworks display organisers and residents in the New Forest are being asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

National Park Authority clears Ringwood site of illegal caravans

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Published on Wednesday 11 October 2017

Illegal caravans, equipment and a building have finally been cleared from a Ringwood site after the landowner failed to remove them despite being taken to court and fined.

Nominations open for 2017 National Parks UK Volunteer Awards

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Published on Wednesday 23 August 2017

National Parks UK are now accepting nominations for their annual Volunteer Awards.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency staff help New Forest rivers and streams

Staff and volunteers taking part in the himalayan balsam pull at lymington reedbeds nature reserve

Published on Monday 3 July 2017

Staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency changed their focus from sea to rivers to help rid New Forest waterways of invasive plants.

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.

Learn more about the debate about recreation management at New Forest drop-in sessions

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Published on Wednesday 28 June 2017

New Forest organisations asking for people’s views on managing recreation are holding a series of drop-in sessions around the National Park so people can find out more.

Future Forest ‘call for views consultation’

Walking at Rhinefield

Published on Wednesday 14 June 2017

Join the debate about recreation management in the New Forest

New commoners invited to take part in Forest mentor scheme

New forest pony 4479 online

Published on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Helping to round-up New Forest ponies, caring for stock and sheep showing - these are just a few of the skills learnt by participants in an innovative mentoring programme.

Step outdoors and help discover stories of historical pathways

Explore the new forest s past on foot and discover some fascinating heritage

Published on Thursday 23 February 2017

Volunteers and communities are invited to help investigate the history behind the rights of way in the New Forest and create five new trails to help rediscover more of the Forest’s past.

Defra recruiting new Secretary of State members

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Published on Thursday 23 February 2017

Would you like to shape the New Forest National Park Authority?

Nearly 2000 new wildlife sightings recorded in the New Forest

Common blue butterfly by Ruth Kernohan.

Published on Tuesday 21 February 2017

Amateur naturalists have created 1,950 new wildlife records for 143 species in the New Forest as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project in the national park.

Expert hedgelayer to reveal tricks of the trade

OPOF hedgelaying 2016

Published on Friday 10 February 2017

A rare opportunity to learn the secrets of a traditional New Forest skill is on offer next Thursday (16 February).

New Forest Volunteer Fair hits new heights

New forest nightstop at volunter fair

Published on Wednesday 1 February 2017

The New Forest’s popular volunteer fair is celebrating a record breaking year as hundreds flocked to the annual event.

First Apprentice Rangers join National Park

Apprentice Rangers Joe Ison and Katherine Argyrou, OPOF

Published on Wednesday 9 November 2016

Two Apprentice Rangers have been employed in the New Forest as part of a scheme to protect, preserve and enhance its landscape, wildlife and heritage.

Warning of fireworks distressing New Forest ponies

New forest ponies and fireworks news article

Published on Wednesday 2 November 2016

Fireworks display organisers in the New Forest are being asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

Drive safely in the New Forest this winter

Ponies graze by the roadside

Published on Tuesday 1 November 2016

People who regularly drive across the New Forest are being urged to drive extra carefully this winter.

Hit and run in the Forest

Brock brocade at show

Published on Friday 28 October 2016

Please help us find the hit and run driver of the vehicle which collided with a New Forest pony some time last night 27/28 October.

Families will go wild for play at new site in the New Forest

Wild Play Walk

Published on Tuesday 11 October 2016

The New Forest is receiving its first permanent wild play site to help children discover and connect with nature.

Step into the New Forest story

Visitors enjoying the mindfulness colouring panels first seen at the new forest show crop

Published on Thursday 8 September 2016

Discover the New Forest’s fascinating wildlife, history and culture at the New Forest Centre this autumn.

Protecting the environment in the face of climate change

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Published on Friday 2 September 2016

What is the future for the New Forest and its ecology? Learn more at the first annual New Forest Knowledge conference.

Local MP backs exciting New Forest projects

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Published on Friday 26 August 2016

Projects to improve water quality, catalogue historical materials and remove invasive plants in the New Forest National Park have received the support of a local MP.

Discover New Forest Knowledge

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Published on Wednesday 10 August 2016

A Heritage Lottery funded project is creating an online gateway to a wealth of information about the New Forest.

Recording history to preserve the past

Victorian gravedigger charlie warwick digging at emery down church with moses blake the parish sexton and clerk standing by the grave

Published on Tuesday 9 August 2016

Local communities and volunteers are invited to take part in a weekend of archaeological activities in the New Forest to help record and preserve its heritage.

The smooth snake meets its champion

A smooth snake, credit Stuart Woodley

Published on Tuesday 2 August 2016

MP Desmond Swayne is introduced to the rare smooth snake and the projects that are being taken forward to conserve the species.

Sold out skills course helps safeguard the New Forest’s way of life

Participants with sparsholt tutor steve field on a cattle breeding and management course run by the new forest land advice service

Published on Tuesday 5 July 2016

Local landowners, commoners and farmers in the New Forest are learning rural skills to help preserve the Forest’s traditional way of life through a training programme run by the New Forest Land Advice

Reviving rural skills to benefit wildlife

OPOF hedgelaying 2016

Published on Monday 9 May 2016

Volunteers in the New Forest are learning traditional rural skills to help revive the area’s hedgerows for wildlife.

Environmental scheme makes New Forest fit for the future

HLS AGM

Published on Tuesday 19 April 2016

A multi-million pound scheme is continuing to benefit the New Forest.

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.

Half a canoe, a rubber duck, and a shopping basket

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Published on Wednesday 9 March 2016

Hundreds of volunteers took part in litter picks across the New Forest at the weekend (4-6 March) as part of the Clean for The Queen event.

Clean for The Queen events this weekend

Leave nothing but footprints

Published on Wednesday 2 March 2016

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in litter picks across the New Forest this weekend as the Clean for The Queen weekend gets underway.

Dog walkers' views wanted

Dog walker on marshland

Published on Tuesday 23 February 2016

People who walk dogs on the Solent coast are being asked to share their likes and dislikes about dog walking in a new online survey.

Nearly 10,000 caught speeding in bid to stop New Forest animal deaths

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Published on Wednesday 3 February 2016

Nearly 10,000 motorists were caught speeding in the New Forest when a police safety camera van was used in a bid to stop animals being killed on the roads.

Hundreds expected at New Forest Volunteer Fair

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Published on Wednesday 27 January 2016

The New Forest’s one-stop-shop for volunteering opportunities is expected to attract hundreds of people this weekend.

New Forest supports 'Clean for The Queen' this Spring

Julian Lewis, Desmond Swayne, Alison Barnes, litter free forest and sea posters

Published on Thursday 7 January 2016

Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year and we are calling for volunteers to help tidy up their community as part of the celebrations.

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.

Tree planting event declared big success

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Published on Tuesday 1 December 2015

Families came together to celebrate their loved ones last weekend by helping to plant a community woodland in the New Forest.

Giving New Forest nature a fighting chance

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Published on Tuesday 24 November 2015

A community-led conservation project is marking three successful years helping nature thrive in the New Forest.

Landmark grant to secure New Forest’s future

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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.

Help reveal secrets of First World War New Forest

Wounded wwi indian troops news article

Published on Friday 16 October 2015

Volunteers with a fascination for the New Forest’s history are being sought to help uncover details of war-time activity a hundred years ago.

Ranger Dawn leads the Green Way ahead

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Published on Thursday 17 September 2015

New Forest People and Wildlife Ranger Dawn Rayment (above left) is set to become a familiar face across the district as she embarks on a mission to keep it a special place for all to enjoy.

Natural England chief executive welcomed on first visit to the New Forest

Natural england visit news article

Published on Thursday 17 September 2015

Natural England’s chief executive was welcomed by partner organisations on his first visit to the New Forest National Park.

New Forest MPs back anti-litter campaign

Julian Lewis, Desmond Swayne, Alison Barnes, litter free forest and sea posters

Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

The New Forest’s two MPs have shown their support for an anti-litter campaign in the National Park.

Deadline looms for nominations in Volunteer Awards

New Forest Volunteer Fair 2015

Published on Monday 24 August 2015

Just a few weeks remain in which to nominate inspiring individuals, groups or projects for the 2015 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.

Newts return to restored New Forest pond

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Published on Thursday 21 May 2015

A pond restoration project aiming to benefit wildlife has achieved instant success, with a family of newts returning to the site.

New Forest youngsters learn about the dangers of litter

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Published on Wednesday 13 May 2015

Fawley infants learnt about the dangers of litter to wildlife and animals during a special assembly and classroom sessions organised by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Voting results announced in the New Forest

Seasonal Snaps

Published on Thursday 7 May 2015

The votes have been cast and the winners chosen in a competition to find the best spring photo of the New Forest.

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

Pony-proof bins initiative to protect New Forest animals

pony-proof bin Brockenhurst Primary School

Published on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Visitors to the New Forest are urged to help protect ponies and donkeys from potentially harmful food litter.

Laser scanning brings ice house to life

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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.

Nominations open for New Forest awards 2015

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Published on Friday 16 January 2015

Nominations are now open for an awards scheme to recognise those making an outstanding contribution to conserving the unique landscape and traditions of the New Forest.

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.

‘Tin Town’ hospital remembered as communities invited to join World War I project

World war i patients and nurses at tin town hospital in brockenhurst courtesy of tile barn centre cropped

Published on Wednesday 5 November 2014

The New Forest’s role in treating thousands of First World War troops at ‘Tin Town’ will be remembered on Armistice Day with the launch of a new historical project.

Help save the New Forest’s forgotten memorials

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Published on Monday 27 October 2014

Long-forgotten gravestones and monuments in burial grounds are set for a new lease of life, and New Forest residents can help by identifying those most in need of conservation.

Six figure funding boost for New Forest communities

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Published on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Projects that help people live more sustainably in the New Forest have received a welcome boost from a community grants scheme.

New Forest at risk from sky lanterns

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Published on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Organisations across the New Forest have joined National Parks England in calling for the release of Chinese sky lanterns to be banned due to the significant risk they pose to wildlife and habitats.

Good Woods brought to life for B&Q

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Published on Thursday 25 September 2014

B&Q employees have got hands on to help revitalise a New Forest woodland as part of their pioneering woodland regeneration project.

Town turns to animals to maintain wildlife havens

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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.

Get money saving tips from eco-property weekend

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Published on Wednesday 10 September 2014

If the onset of autumn has got you thinking of ways to save money on your gas or electric bills, an open house weekend could provide you with the inspiration you need.

Winners of New Forest awards scheme announced

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Published on Friday 1 August 2014

The victors have been announced in an awards scheme that recognises those who make an exceptional contribution to maintaining the unique landscape and way of life of the New Forest.

Help shape the New Forest’s future

Forest scenes by Mark Heighes

Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

The New Forest National Park Authority wants to find out your views about the New Forest to help develop a landmark scheme to ensure the National Park is fit to face future challenges.

New Forest National Park Authority expresses concerns about Navitus Bay development

Keyhaven. Credit Barry Whitcher

Published on Thursday 17 July 2014

Concerns about the likely ‘significant impact’ of the proposed Navitus Bay wind park on the New Forest coast and landscape were expressed by the National Park Authority.

Enjoy a Forest barbeque safely

Ponies grazing on heathland

Published on Friday 11 July 2014

It’s that time of year again when barbecues get lit and we get to enjoy the taste of summer.

Volunteers continue fight against alien plants

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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.

Receive recognition for your building

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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.

Seasonal Snaps winners capture New Forest’s splendour

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Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

A mysterious woodland, pony at sunset, watery landscape and teddy bear’s picnic are the prize winners in the New Forest National Park Authority’s spring photo competition.

Packed Verderers Court hears progress in scheme to regenerate the New Forest

Ponies graze on common land

Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

A full Verderers Court of about 80 people heard how the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme had made great progress, at its Annual General Meeting.

Join us for a Date With Nature

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Published on Tuesday 8 April 2014

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

Capture spring in the Forest with your seasonal snaps

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Published on Wednesday 26 March 2014

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Seasonal Snaps photo competition is back, inviting people to submit their spring photos of the Forest on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win great prizes.

Animal accidents increased in 2013

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Published on Thursday 30 January 2014

Motorists are being urged to slow down and take greater care on New Forest roads after an increase in animal accidents last year.

Horsemeat scandal triggers local produce boom

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Published on Tuesday 21 January 2014

Meat producers in the New Forest are reporting a significant increase in sales over the last year as consumers continue to buy locally, one year on from the horsemeat scandal in the UK.

Make a fun New Year's resolution - volunteer in the New Forest National Park

Volunteer fair events wide

Published on Thursday 2 January 2014

Hundreds of people are expected to make a New Year’s resolution and volunteer for wildlife projects, archaeological surveys and outdoor activities within the New Forest National Park.

World War II veterans, families and volunteers celebrated at New Forest castle

Hurst Castle World War II event

Published on Friday 1 November 2013

Veterans, families and volunteers who have shed light on the New Forest’s wartime past have been celebrated at a special event.

Multi-million pound funding boost to ensure New Forest National Park is fit for the future

Landscape partnership programme

Published on Tuesday 29 October 2013

The future conservation of the New Forest National Park’s unique landscape, wildlife and heritage has been given a huge boost thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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.

Laser mapping uncovers hidden secrets of the New Forest

Lidar image of Iron Age Hill Fort

Published on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Ancient secrets of the New Forest have been revealed thanks to high-tech images beamed back by lasers from aircraft.

New Forest organisations meet again to discuss responsible cycling

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published on Monday 16 September 2013

Building a better understanding and consensus about responsible cycling in the New Forest’s unique environment.

National Park rangers celebrate scorching summer season

Ranger team mobile unit

Published on Thursday 29 August 2013

New Forest National Park rangers are celebrating a bumper season of events thanks to a spectacular summer.

Mystery dog deaths in the New Forest

dogs, Rhinefield

Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

August update from the Forestry Commission

Hampshire leader welcomed to the New Forest National Park

Alison Barnes and Roy Perry

Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

The Leader of Hampshire County Council was welcomed to the New Forest as part of a visit to highlight some of the key projects at work in the National Park.

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

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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.

CLA and National Park to celebrate Young Farmers and Local Produce at New Forest Show

Drift at Backley

Published on Wednesday 24 July 2013

On Wednesday (31 July) the Earl and Countess of Wessex will present the first CLA and New Forest National Park Authority awards for Young Farmer & Commoner and the Best Supporter of Local Produce.

New Forest organisations appeal for people to steer clear of Chinese lanterns

Mare and foal skipping

Published on Monday 22 July 2013

Organisations across the New Forest National Park are appealing to people to spare a thought for New Forest animals as they enjoy the hot weather.

Dan Snow unveils the people’s story at New Forest World War II exhibit

New Forest Remembers WWII exhibit web

Published on Thursday 27 June 2013

Historian Dan Snow has opened a new exhibit telling the people’s story of how the New Forest was turned into a military camp during World War II.

Rare wildlife discovered at New Forest BioBlitz

BioBlitz 2013 - New Forest cicada launch

Published on Monday 10 June 2013

Rare species of moth and bat were discovered in the New Forest National Park during a 24-hour census of wildlife.

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

Crucial habitats for birds and bees created at farm

Better Boundaries Project

Published on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Crucial habitats for birds and bees are being created at a dairy farm in the New Forest as hedgerows are restored and field borders rich with pollen and nectar are planted.

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.

New Forest households try wood fuel to escape rising fuel costs

Wood fuel households

Published on Thursday 4 April 2013

As fuel costs rise, a small but growing band of New Forest residents who want cheaper, cleaner energy are increasingly looking at wood fuel boilers instead of fossil fuels and the national grid.

New Forest National Park Authority's position on cycle events

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Published on Wednesday 3 April 2013

The New Forest National Park Authority has confirmed its position on cycling in view of comments received from local residents and event organisers.

Your views can help shape the New Forest landscape

Published on Tuesday 2 April 2013

The landscape of the New Forest National Park is a mosaic of ancient and ornamental woodland, heaths, rivers and historic villages; it is also the most densely populated national park in England.

Veteran pilot and singer launch World War II exhibition

New Forest Remembers Exhibition

Published on Tuesday 26 March 2013

A veteran pilot and a singer who entertained the troops during World War II have helped launch a special exhibition, shedding new light on the New Forest’s pivotal role during the war.

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.

The King’s Diary: secret D-Day visit revealed

American Airmen at Winkton Camp

Published on Wednesday 20 March 2013

Details of a secret visit by Her Majesty The Queen’s father to inspect hundreds of D-Day landing craft in the New Forest have been revealed for the first time thanks to a WWII project.

Rural tourism scheme boosts New Forest businesses

Daisybank Cottage bed and breakfast, Brockenhurst

Published on Tuesday 19 March 2013

A rural tourism scheme which emphasises the importance of local landscapes has helped boost bookings in the south east, including in the New Forest.

Third New Forest Tour route for 2013 season

New Forest Tour

Published on Monday 18 March 2013

The award-winning New Forest Tour is introducing a third route this summer, to complement the existing green and red routes, which means you can now travel around the whole National Park.

Hedge laying course revives Iron Age craft

Hedge laying at Hazel Copse Farm in Beaulieu

Published on Monday 11 March 2013

Interest in the traditional craft of hedge laying has been revived thanks to a free course run by the New Forest Land Advice Service.

Distressing number of animal accidents in the last fortnight

Published on Monday 19 November 2012

The New Forest National Park Authority and Verderers are asking drivers to be more careful when driving through the New Forest, following a surge of animal accidents during November.

Drive safely across the New Forest this winter

Published on Wednesday 17 October 2012

People who regularly drive across the New Forest are being urged to drive extra carefully this winter.

Eco property open day in the New Forest National Park

Published on Tuesday 2 October 2012

Find out how to save money on your energy bills at the 2012 ‘Green Open Doors’ weekend.

Sculpture unveiling marks beginning of national pilot project celebrating New Forest rivers

Published on Monday 20 August 2012

Becton Bunny, Jacobs Gutter, Highland Water and Dark Water * – these are just some of the streams in the New Forest which are as fascinating as their names.

Wildlife to benefit from funding boost

Published on Wednesday 25 July 2012

Wildlife hotspots and important habitats will be the focus of a new project in the New Forest thanks to European funding.

Businessman gives boost to nature reserve on his doorstep

Published on Tuesday 19 June 2012

A 47 acre site at Lymington has been turned into a wildlife haven thanks to local businessman and resident Leon Crouch, his neighbour Amanda Otway and the New Forest Land Advice Service (LAS).

Spare a thought for famous New Forest ponies this Jubilee weekend

Published on Wednesday 30 May 2012

The New Forest National Park Authority is asking people to spare a thought for New Forest animals as they enjoy the Jubilee weekend celebrations.

Wildlife wows hundreds of people on New Forest nature bonanza

Published on Wednesday 30 May 2012

Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages joined top experts for a walk on the wild side in the New Forest with a 24-hour dash to record as many species as possible.

Welcome news for New Forest foals

Published on Tuesday 29 May 2012

New Forest organisations are cautiously optimistic after reporting that no animals have been hurt in the New Forest for a record-breaking five weeks.

Rare wildlife waiting to be discovered in New Forest National Park

Published on Wednesday 16 May 2012

Weird and wonderful wildlife is waiting to be discovered in the New Forest National Park.

Disappointing increase in animal accidents in 2011

Published on Monday 30 April 2012

Look out for new warning signs on unfenced New Forest roads reminding drivers to slow down and look out for animals.

Making a difference to countryside access in the New Forest

Published on Tuesday 24 April 2012

The New Forest Access Forum is recruiting new volunteers to join its statutory forum that gives advice.

Inspired National Park gifts on sale

Published on Tuesday 28 February 2012

The Forest Store is part of the New Forest National Park Authority’s work to help generate income to look after the landscape, wildlife and culture that makes the New Forest so special.

Shipwreck film nominated for archaeology ‘Oscar’

Published on Tuesday 21 February 2012

A film about the shipwrecks in the Solent has been short-listed for an award at The Archaeology Channel’s International Film and Video Festival in Oregon, America.

Lyndhurst community unearths churchyard secrets from the past

Published on Tuesday 10 January 2012

People of all ages from Lyndhurst helped to unearth the past at an archaeological excavation of their parish churchyard dubbed ‘the community big dig’.

Unearthing the past using cutting edge technology

Published on Monday 19 December 2011

An exhibition showing how new and exciting technology can help reveal how the New Forest landscape has changed will be on display at the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst.

Mysteries of the deep unearthed

Published on Friday 16 December 2011

A World War II landing craft turning up in the Solent and an abandoned wooden boat from the 1850s are just some of the mysteries uncovered by the maritime archaeology team.

Green award for local Brockenhurst business

Published on Monday 28 November 2011

A New Forest bed and breakfast has scooped a top accolade at this year’s ‘Brilliance in Business Awards’ for its commitment to being green.

Join in an ancient tree hunt

Published on Wednesday 23 November 2011

Help survey some of the most fantastic woodland in Britain to celebrate National Tree Week (26 November to 4 December).

Ponies don’t dent they die

Published on Monday 31 October 2011

Drivers along the B3054 (between Lymington and Dibden Purlieu) are being reminded to drive carefully and avoid New Forest ponies thanks to a school boy’s winning slogan.

New Forest remembers- untold stories of World War II wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Published on Tuesday 25 October 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority has received a confirmed* grant of just over £550,000.

Bats: mysterious and misunderstood

Published on Monday 24 October 2011

To some people they bring to mind vampires and horror stories.

Harvest time at groundbreaking Beaulieu community garden

Published on Monday 24 October 2011

School children at Beaulieu helped bring in the harvest at a unique community garden helped by funding from the New Forest National Park Authority.

Drive safely across the New Forest this winter

Published on Tuesday 18 October 2011

People who regularly drive across the New Forest are being urged to drive extra carefully this winter.

Sustainability through the key hole

Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

If you are keen to learn more about how you can make your home sustainable put the 10-11 September in your diary for the ‘Green open doors’ event.

Brand new allotments for Ashurst and Colbury

Published on Wednesday 24 August 2011

Residents from Ashurst and Colbury celebrated the opening of 43 new allotment plots this weekend.

Roman Villa open day at Rockbourne

Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

Come and visit Rockbourne Roman Villa, it has 40 rooms, under floor heating and several bath houses, sounds like your ideal house? There’s just one problem, its 1,600 years old!

Medieval links to salt industry unearthed

Published on Friday 29 July 2011

Archaeologists and volunteers unearthed medieval pottery as they stepped back in time to look at the New Forest National Park’s ancient salt industry.

Spruce up your summer!

Published on Monday 11 July 2011

Visitors to the New Forest this summer are urged to help keep the beauty spot clean and tidy.

Discover the Forest’s history, traditions and culture at the ‘New Forest in a nutshell’ events

Published on Monday 11 July 2011

Ever wondered how many ponies there are in the New Forest? How was the New Forest created? What special creatures live here?

Help excavate the New Forest National Park

Published on Wednesday 6 July 2011

To celebrate the ‘Festival of British Archaeology’ the New Forest National Park Authority invites you to explore some salty archaeology secrets at a series of events for all ages.

Drive safely this winter

Published on Wednesday 27 October 2010

People who regularly drive across the New Forest are being urged to be extra careful this winter.

New Forest National Park Authority reveals what lies beneath the waves

Published on Wednesday 8 September 2010

People can find out about the New Forest National Park’s rich coastal heritage whether they are below the waves, on the water or on the shore thanks to a unique underwater heritage trail.

Working together for a cleaner Forest

Published on Wednesday 28 July 2010

Dog owners are working with the New Forest National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission in a campaign to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.

Landmark scheme for New Forest makes great strides

Published on Wednesday 21 July 2010

Europe’s largest agri-environment scheme designed to restore and enhance internationally-important habitats in the New Forest has begun to make a real difference on the ground.

Volunteers fight Forest Invaders

Published on Friday 25 June 2010

Exploding seed pods and toxic sap are just some of the things being targeted by a Forest-wide project to tackle invasive plants that threaten to wipe out our native countryside.

New Forest land managers queuing up for advice

Published on Friday 11 June 2010

About 70 New Forest farmers, landowners, tenants and commoners have sought help from a new advice service since it launched in February.

Public’s passion for New Forest landscape and wildlife recorded at National Park roadshow

Published on Thursday 3 June 2010

More than 50 people gave their views about caring for the area’s spectacular landscape and wildlife at a National Park roadshow.

Help shape plans to care for New Forest landscape and wildlife

Published on Wednesday 26 May 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority is asking people how they think the area’s spectacular landscape and wildlife should be looked after.

Help protect New Forest foals

Published on Thursday 13 May 2010

After a long and difficult winter spring is finally here in the New Forest National Park - everywhere you turn there are signs of life and none are more recognisable than a New Forest foal.

Walking back to happiness in the New Forest National Park

Published on Wednesday 5 May 2010

New research shows that exercising in the countryside for just five minutes can boost your mental health, and the New Forest National Park Authority has the tools to help you do it.

Green is go for National Park Authority hybrid car

Published on Tuesday 27 April 2010

National Park Authority staff can opt for a greener way to travel thanks to a new hybrid pool car available for Authority business trips.

Go ‘green’ at the first ever ‘Greener Living Show’

Published on Wednesday 14 April 2010

Make sure you put Sunday 25 April in your diary to visit the first ever free New Forest ‘Greener Living Show’ at Brockenhurst College.

Forest Watch joins forces to tackle rural and wildlife crime

Published on Friday 26 March 2010

Sergeant Louise Hubble is the face of a new partnership project to tackle rural community issues including wildlife and environmental crime in the New Forest.

New Forest gets a spring clean

Published on Tuesday 23 March 2010

Top New Forest organisations and local volunteers have been working hard to give the Forest its fourth ‘Forest Force’ annual spring clean.

New Forest lands pioneering service for land managers

Published on Tuesday 23 February 2010

A unique new service to provide advice and practical help for farmers, landowners, tenants and commoners in the New Forest has been launched.

Plans for monster plants to meet their match

Published on Friday 30 October 2009

Pennington resident Jan Scott is warning people about the dangers of a giant plant whose toxic sap can cause massive blisters.

Business benefits of going green

Published on Friday 30 October 2009

The New Forest National Park is helping local companies save money and the environment at the same time with a free audit tailored specifically to each business.

Drive safely in the dark nights ahead

Published on Wednesday 28 October 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority and the Verderers are urging people to drive safely this winter, especially now the clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in.

New faces digging up the past

Published on Tuesday 26 May 2009

Two new faces have joined the New Forest National Park Authority.

Animal deaths on Forest roads reach a new ‘low’

Published on Wednesday 21 January 2009

A campaign to encourage people to drive safely in the New Forest seems to have had the desired outcome.

Wildlife bonanza at Keyhaven Nature Reserve

Published on Tuesday 29 April 2008

Come and join us at Pennington Marshes for a ‘Spring Wildlife Day’ on Sunday 11 May from 11am to 4pm.

Forest Force hits National Park coastline

Published on Wednesday 12 March 2008

Officers from three top New Forest organisations joined forces to give the National Park coastline a spring clean on Friday 7 March.

New Forest National Park welcomes England

Published on Friday 15 February 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority is welcoming its newest Community Ranger, Doug England, as part of a joint-funded pilot scheme with the National Trust in the north the Forest.

Reduce the cost of running your business and go ‘green’ at the same time

Published on Monday 4 February 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest District Council are working together to provide three free green workshops.

Local organisations needed to give the New Forest a spring clean

Published on Friday 18 January 2008

For the second year in a row, Forest Force is launching its annual litter pick and needs your help.

The National Park looks at bogs of a different kind

Published on Wednesday 2 January 2008

Four new projects have received funding from the New Forest National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund, totalling approximately £20,000.

New Forest Access Forum seeks volunteers

Published on Tuesday 18 December 2007

The New Forest Access Forum is hoping to recruit two new volunteers in 2008, to represent tourism and disability.

New temporary road signs to highlight animal accidents

Published on Tuesday 30 October 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority with support from the Verderers has provided portable signs as part of a new pilot initiative to combat accidents involving commoners’ animals on New Forest road

‘Credit card’ bid to cut animal accidents

Published on Friday 19 October 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority with its partners the Forestry Commission, Verderers and Police is launching a new initiative to cut animal deaths in the New Forest.

Computer pony promotes Parks special qualities

Published on Tuesday 4 September 2007

It’s a fun zone complete with a virtual pony game, but it has a serious purpose.

Children celebrate National Parks Week with a BBQ

Published on Thursday 9 August 2007

Thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission, children from the Honeypot Charity were treated to a fun-filled Saturday.

New Forest celebrates National Parks Week

Published on Wednesday 25 July 2007

England’s newest National Park will be celebrating National Parks Week from the 30 July-5 August with a variety of events aimed at all ages.

Explore Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve this Sunday

Published on Wednesday 16 May 2007

Activities run by wildlife experts will be taking place throughout the day.

Office staff tackle New Forest litter problem head on

Published on Tuesday 3 April 2007

Officers from three top New Forest organisations arrived at Brockenhurst on Friday (30 March) to clean up litter from four renowned beauty spots.

Chiefs back ‘Forest Force’ to tackle New Forest’s litter problem

Published on Wednesday 14 March 2007

Chief Executives from the New Forest National Park Authority, New Forest District Council and the Forestry Commission are taking a stand to ‘stamp’ out litter this Friday (16 March).

Heritage Lottery Fund helps shape future of the New Forest

Published on Monday 29 January 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority celebrating after scooping a £44,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Still time to apply for an historic buildings grant

Published on Monday 11 December 2006

If you need to undertake repairs in 2007, don’t worry, there’s still time to apply to the New Forest National Park Authority for an historic building grant.

Christmas comes early for the 'magic six'

Published on Thursday 7 December 2006

The New Forest National Park Authority allocated a record £95,000 at its Sustainable Development Fund panel meeting on 5 December-just in time for Christmas.

What makes the New Forest special to you?

Published on Tuesday 14 November 2006

Local people and visitors are going to be asked, what makes the New Forest special to them, in a consultation launched this week.

Still time to apply to the Sustainable Development Fund

Published on Wednesday 25 October 2006

If you have an idea on how to encourage sustainable ways of living and enjoying the New Forest, the National Park Authority wants to hear from you.

Power lines heading underground

Published on Friday 25 August 2006

Lovers of the New Forest landscape will soon have the chance to enjoy it even more.

Wanted: pictures of any old rubbish

Published on Wednesday 16 August 2006

Local residents and visitors are being urged to take ‘rubbish’ pictures of the New Forest – to help uncover the scale of litter problems in the new National Park and the wider New Forest District.

The National Park helps fund new Land Rovers for Agisters

Published on Monday 24 July 2006

Five new Land Rovers will be on parade at the New Forest Show on Wednesday 26 July, thanks to a jointly funded partnership between the New Forest National Park Authority and the Verderers.

Experience the unique sounds of the New Forest

Published on Thursday 20 July 2006

What makes the New Forest so special? What is special about it to you?

Help the National Park to tackle unsightly power lines

Published on Wednesday 22 March 2006

Lovers of the New Forest’s open landscapes now have the chance to help make them even more beautiful by identifying unsightly power lines they would like to see removed.

Could you help to shape the future of access in the New Forest?

Published on Wednesday 8 February 2006

Do you use the countryside or rights of way? Are you a landowner or farmer?

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