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BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018


Published on Monday 29 January 2018

Now in their seventh year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people.

Breakfast seminar for landowners and agents

twitter photo competition release picture

Published on Wednesday 10 January 2018

Join us for breakfast to hear how to turn your land into an asset for you and your community.

Figures give ‘hope for the future’ in the New Forest

animal accidents

Published on Wednesday 20 December 2017

A new campaign to cut the number of New Forest animals killed or injured on the roads in the winter months has coincided with casualties reducing by half.

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.

Help plant a wildlife space to celebrate a loved one

One of the families who took part in the 2016 family trees event web

Published on Tuesday 17 October 2017

Families are invited to celebrate a birth, marriage or life of a relative with the planting of a community wildlife space in the New Forest.

Nominations open for 2017 National Parks UK Volunteer Awards

heritage on my doorstep

Published on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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

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.

Be a litter hero this weekend

litter pickers

Published on Tuesday 28 February 2017

More than 400 local volunteers are expected to be out and about this weekend giving the New Forest a spring clean.

Lover village launches 'Lover Post' for Valentine's Day

Lover village photo

Published on Wednesday 25 January 2017

'The most romantic village' in the world is launching Valentine’s Day with 'Lover Post' to raise much-needed funds for the village.

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.

Going underground

Hale purlieu national grid undergrounding pylons 6095

Published on Monday 27 June 2016

The latest news from the National Grid states local people invited to help develop plans which could see section of New Forest overhead power line buried.

New agreement helps National Parks stay safe and beautiful

twitter photo competition release picture

Published on Monday 6 June 2016

The New Forest and England's other National Parks stand to benefit from improved emergency service communications.

A New Forest welcome for Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage


Published on Thursday 26 May 2016

Tourism, heritage and local food were on the menu when David Evennett MP visited the New Forest today (Thursday 26 May).

Art competition open for entries

andrea hook

Published on Wednesday 4 May 2016

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.

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 Forest Awards launched to celebrate rural success


Published on Thursday 31 March 2016

The hunt is on to find the best rural businesses and environmental initiatives in the New Forest.

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

animal accidents

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.

Celebrating the New Forest’s Brilliant Businesses

brilliance in business

Published on Thursday 3 December 2015

New Forest businesses celebrated their successes at the tenth annual New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards at Carey’s Manor Hotel on Thursday 26 November 2015.

Natural Health Service helps New Forest patients

Fordingbridge walking for health

Published on Friday 23 October 2015

Patients at a GPs’ surgery are enjoying the health benefits of walking in the New Forest National Park.

Brilliance in Business Awards 2015

brilliance in business

Published on Monday 14 September 2015

The 10th annual award scheme specifically for businesses in the New Forest district aims to celebrate the achievements of business in the area and highlight good practice.

Awards celebrate New Forest successes


Published on Thursday 30 July 2015

The CLA and New Forest National Park Authority have announced the winners of their 2015 joint awards.

Information session on exploring the New Forest for people impacted by illness

New Forest pony wearing reflective collar

Published on Wednesday 8 July 2015

An information session to help people impacted by illness, bereavement and disabilities to enjoy the countryside will be held in the New Forest.

New Forest youngsters learn about the dangers of litter

maureen holding

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.

New Forest and health organisations discuss how nature could help local people

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Published on Friday 8 May 2015

New Forest and local health organisations working within the inspiring landscapes of the National Park are looking at how closer collaboration could help improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Make a difference to countryside access in the New Forest

walking festival 2014

Published on Tuesday 24 March 2015

Members are being sought for the New Forest Access Forum, which gives advice on improving access for walking, horse riding, cycling and other outside recreation in and around the New Forest.

Government plans put new affordable housing at ‘serious risk’ in National Parks

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Published on Monday 10 November 2014

England’s 10 National Parks today expressed their concerns at Government proposals that threaten their ability to achieve more affordable housing in National Parks.

Six figure funding boost for New Forest communities

Ashurst woods autumn

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.

Be rewarded for your brilliant business


Published on Monday 6 October 2014

Businesses in the New Forest have the opportunity to be recognised for their outstanding achievement in the ninth annual Brilliance in Business Awards.

New Forest artist is the people’s favourite

Ann Squire

Published on Thursday 18 September 2014

A Ringwood-based artist has scooped a prize for her painting of New Forest donkeys after it proved popular with visitors to this year’s Open Art exhibition.

Help maintain the character of villages in the north west of the New Forest

ponies grazing at Woodgreen

Published on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Representatives of town and parish councils in the north west of the New Forest National Park have published advice and information about how residents can help keep their area special.

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 agreement ensures National Parks are connected and beautiful

Mobile connectivity is vital for National Parks

Published on Monday 14 July 2014

England's National Parks stand to benefit from improved mobile coverage in ways that respect their very sensitive environment.

Faster broadband on its way to the New Forest and Test Valley

Burley high street

Published on Monday 2 June 2014

An additional 1,700 New Forest premises to receive Superfast Broadband.

Cycle events statement

cycle hats

Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

Statement from the New Forest National Park Authority regarding cycle events.

Marque member triumphs at Hampshire sausage and pie competition


Published on Monday 24 March 2014

A New Forest Marque member’s gourmet sausage has won a prestigious category at The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition 2014.

Nominations open for New Forest awards

CLA awards 2013

Published on Thursday 9 January 2014

Nominations are now open for an awards scheme to reward those making an exceptional contribution to maintaining the unique landscape and way of life of the New Forest.

Naked Jam triumphs at business awards

naked jam

Published on Friday 13 December 2013

New Forest Marque member Naked Jam has been named Business of the Year at the Brilliance in Business Awards 2013, one of three awards on the night for the artisan jam producer.

Christmas boost for New Forest Basics Bank

Basics bank for web

Published on Thursday 12 December 2013

Staff from New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority have been donating items to New Forest Basics Bank this Christmas.

Hunt for Rudolph’s red nose begins

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Published on Monday 25 November 2013

In the build up to the New Forest Christmas Fair in December daily prizes are on offer to anyone who can find Rudolph’s red nose, hidden in locations all over the New Forest National Park.

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

National Park Authority says proposed planning reforms would threaten New Forest

Published on Thursday 19 September 2013

The New Forest National Park Authority has strongly objected to Government plans which would allow farm buildings to be converted into housing without the need for planning permission.

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.

Mystery dog deaths in the New Forest

dogs, Rhinefield

Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

August update from the Forestry Commission

Minister praises New Forest National Park for local economy boost

New Forest Show 2013

Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

The farming minister has praised the value of the New Forest National Park in supporting local businesses.

Royal approval for young farmer and local producer

Earl of Wessex

Published on Monday 5 August 2013

A young farmer and a local producer were given royal recognition at this year's New Forest Show.

New Forest organisations meet to discuss cycling issues

Adult and child cycling in the New Forest National Par

Published on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Over 20 organisations came together to discuss building better understanding and consensus about cycling in the New Forest’s unique environment.

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.

Study into local meat production results announced

New Forest Marque Banner

Published on Tuesday 16 July 2013

A recent study looking into how best to support livestock farming in the New Forest has concluded that a locally-based abattoir is not a viable proposition at the current time.

Last chance to enter open art competition

New Forest Pony

Published on Friday 28 June 2013

Calling all artists and craftspeople!

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

Second annual UK National Parks Volunteer Awards launched

UK ANPA logo

Published on Friday 7 June 2013

UK National Parks seeks nominees for second annual volunteer awards

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.

Statement re the New Forest Spring Sportive cycling event

cycle hats

Published on Tuesday 16 April 2013

The New Forest National Park Authority is greatly concerned by reports of the activities of a minority of people who set out to disrupt this weekend’s cycling event. This is now a police matter.

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.

National Park Authority seeks ‘exemption’ to planning reforms to safeguard local jobs

Published on Wednesday 27 February 2013

The New Forest National Park Authority has asked the Government for an exemption from proposed rules which would allow offices to be turned into homes without the need for planning permission.

Volunteers wanted to help improve woods and rivers

Angela Peters NPA with volunteers at Keyhaven

Published on Friday 8 February 2013

If you love wildlife and volunteering, put Sunday 24 February and Monday 11 March in your diary.

Free courses for commoners, farmers and landowners

Published on Tuesday 18 December 2012

Free courses are on offer for commoners, farmers, landowners and anyone with an interest in woodland management in the New Forest and Avon Valley.

New Local Information Points wanted

Published on Wednesday 12 December 2012

If you love talking about the New Forest and own a shop, post office or business in Ashurst or Milford on Sea, the New Forest National Park Authority would like to hear from you.

Christmas Fair a huge success

Published on Tuesday 11 December 2012

Christmas carols, a brass band, mulled wine and a warm welcome were on offer this weekend to visitors of New Park near Brockenhurst.

Find out more about the New Forest’s oldest living inhabitants

Published on Tuesday 16 October 2012

They witnessed the Roundheads fighting the Cavaliers during the English Civil War, Elizabeth I defeating the Spanish Armada, and survived being used for ship building during the Napoleonic Wars.

Making sustainable living easy in the New Forest National Park

Published on Thursday 11 October 2012

By embracing renewable technologies local resident Dan Fish and his wife Jane live in the New Forest National Park virtually carbon free.

Local traders wanted for New Forest Christmas Fair

Published on Wednesday 19 September 2012

If you sell delicious tasty food or crafty gifts and would like to be part of a Christmas Fair at New Park in Brockenhurst then the New Forest Marque would like to hear from you.

National award for New Forest pub

Published on Tuesday 4 September 2012

The New Forest Marque is celebrating today after one of its long-term members – The Royal Oak at Fritham – has been voted national ‘Country Pub of the Year’, by the Good Pub Guide.

Success for New Forest Marque members at the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards

Published on Friday 24 August 2012

Two members of the New Forest Marque are celebrating after winning at the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards last night (Thursday 23 August).

Explore the New Forest on a shoe string

Published on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Recent research by charity ‘Family Action’ states that many families will be ‘stuck at home’ this summer as the cost of family day trips rocket.

New faces making their ‘Marque’

Published on Monday 16 July 2012

A scheme designed to support local producers and farmers is celebrating after 13 new businesses have recently signed up.

Celebrating the Torch Relay at the New Forest Centre

Published on Wednesday 4 July 2012

Come along to the New Forest Centre on Saturday 14 July to join in the Torch Relay celebrations.

New Forest Marque members celebrate Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards nominations

Published on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Members of the New Forest Marque are celebrating after beating off stiff competition to be nominated in five of the 14 categories at this year’s Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

Food lovers urged to nominate their favourite New Forest produce

Published on Thursday 3 May 2012

Food fans are invited to nominate their favourite New Forest produce in a special category of the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

100 days to go to London 2012

Published on Monday 16 April 2012

With 100 days to go to the London 2012 opening ceremony, New Forest residents and visitors are being encouraged to support local Olympic hopefuls.

Celebrate local New Forest Marque produce this weekend

Published on Tuesday 27 March 2012

Delicious mouth-watering produce and traditional crafts will be on offer this weekend (31 March-1 April) as part of a special promotion of New Forest farm shops.

Ringwood School 'Marques' Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Published on Friday 16 March 2012

Students from Ringwood School are hoping to ‘Cook for the Queen’ this summer and showcase delicious New Forest food.

Winners collect their tasty sausages

Published on Friday 16 December 2011

Two lucky families received an early Christmas present of unique New Forest Marque sausages this week made to their winning recipe.

Celebrating sausages the New Forest Marque way

Published on Thursday 3 November 2011

Raisins, blackberry wine and crab apple jelly were just some of the ingredients used in a ‘blind’ New Forest Marque sausage taste-test at The Pig in Brockenhurst to celebrate ‘British Sausage Week.’

Help your business and the New Forest

Published on Monday 31 October 2011

If you love talking about the New Forest and own a shop, post office or business in Burley, Sway, Ashurst or Woodgreen the New Forest National Park Authority would like to hear from you.

Celebrate British Sausage Week by designing your own!

Published on Monday 10 October 2011

To celebrate British Sausage Week (31 October – 6 November) the New Forest Marque is teaming up with Oakwood Butchers, New Forest Marque Sausage Champion 2010.

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.

Beaulieu Road sales yard fit for the future

Published on Thursday 11 August 2011

A partnership of key New Forest organisations has worked together to deliver vital upgrades to Beaulieu Road Sales Yard making it fit for purpose for future generations of commoners.

National Park Authority encourages New Forest horse owners to back ragwort campaign

Published on Wednesday 6 July 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority is encouraging horse owners to take part in a campaign to prevent the ragwort weed.

National Park Chairman encourages Forest residents to send in their views

Published on Thursday 19 May 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority is encouraging people across the Forest to feed in their views about the future of England’s forests and woods.

Healthcheck for ancient New Forest way of life

Published on Wednesday 19 January 2011

An ancient way of life which shapes the New Forest landscape will have its first healthcheck in 10 years when ‘commoners’ will be asked their views.

‘Hedge fund’ help for landowners

Published on Friday 17 December 2010

Wildlife will cash-in on new improvements in Brockenhurst thanks to a different kind of ‘hedge fund’ to benefit the New Forest landscape.

Double H Nurseries scoop green business award and named business of the year

Published on Thursday 25 November 2010

An award which celebrates businesses ‘green’ credentials has been won by Double H Nurseries at the New Forest ‘Brilliance in Business Awards’ last night.

Success at Pony Sales

Published on Friday 29 October 2010

Young commoners scooped the prizes at the annual pre-sale foal show at the Beaulieu road pony sales last week.

Hands-on harvest celebration in the New Forest

Published on Monday 11 October 2010

Around 270 school children celebrated the harvest season with an event to learn more about where their food comes from.

Thought for food at first New Forest local food summit

Published on Wednesday 6 October 2010

Promoting local food was on the menu as over 70 delegates from the producer, tourism, hotel, restaurant and farming sectors joined forces with consumers at the first New Forest Food Summit.

Poaching priority for Forest Watch

Published on Wednesday 29 September 2010

Forest Watch police officers will be conducting operations throughout the New Forest during the coming months to identify and target poachers.

National Park’s newest recruit joins Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy

Published on Thursday 15 April 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority’s newest recruit has just taken up his reins at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy.

A Celebration of childhood in the New Forest

Published on Monday 7 December 2009

TV gardener and New Forest resident Charlie Dimmock is going back to her roots at a Celebration of Childhood in the New Forest National Park.

Have your say on vision for the Park

Published on Wednesday 21 October 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is asking for your views on the revised draft Management Plan which sets out the vision for the New Forest for the next 20 years.

Could your business promote the National Park?

Published on Thursday 8 October 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is looking for shops, post offices and businesses in the New Forest to become ‘Local Information Points’.

Top ‘Marques’ for New Forest cheese producers

Published on Tuesday 6 October 2009

The New Forest Marque is celebrating after three of its members won top prizes at the British Cheese Awards in September.

New Forest organisations urge commoners and farmers to vaccinate against Bluetongue

Published on Wednesday 16 April 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority, the Verderers and the National Farmers’ Union are urging commoners and farmers in the New Forest to vaccinate their stock against the Bluetongue virus.

Do you want to help the National Park allocate its green funds?

Published on Tuesday 8 April 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority is looking to appoint members to its Sustainable Development Fund Panel.

Training grants available for Animal Transportation Certificates

Published on Wednesday 17 October 2007

Any New Forest commoner, farmer or woodland manager who transports animals commercially over a distance of 65km will need a Certificate of Competence for animal transportation from the 5 January 2008.

Cash boost for New Forest Commoners

Published on Tuesday 16 October 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority, the Commoners’ Defence Association and the Verderers have together secured an annual three-fold increase from Defra’s Single Payment scheme.

Commoning recommendations handed over to the National Park Authority

Published on Thursday 27 September 2007

A recipe for the future of commoning in the New Forest has today been served up - by the commoners themselves.

Keeping New Forest traditions alive

Published on Wednesday 12 September 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority, the New Forest Centre and the Commoners’ Defence Association have formed a partnership to keep New Forest tradition alive for future generations.

Tour of Britain visits the New Forest

Published on Thursday 6 September 2007

Britain’s biggest cycle race and annual spectator sporting event is heading to the New Forest on Monday 10 September.

Business Advisor offers advice on grants at New Forest Show

Published on Wednesday 18 July 2007

Les Dix, Business Advisor for the Enterprise Agency will be on-hand at the New Forest Show to offer advice on Forest Friendly Farming Business Grants at the Food from Forest and Field Stand.

New grant for small-scale projects

Published on Monday 30 April 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund is now offering grants of up to £500 towards the cost of small-scale projects.

Training opportunities for chainsaw operators

Published on Tuesday 27 March 2007

Commoners, farmers and woodland managers in the New Forest can now apply for grants for help pay for Certificates of Competence for chainsaws.

Help capture memories of New Forest’s bygone era

Published on Tuesday 16 January 2007

‘The Image Project’, part-funded by the New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, needs your help.

Keeping cultural heritage alive in the New Forest

Published on Friday 15 December 2006

Goat hair or horse hair? Wet rot or dry rot? Chalk or clay or cob? Furniture beetle or death watch beetle? What does it mean if I live in a listed building?

Calling all young commoners who need to learn to tow a trailer…

Published on Friday 3 November 2006

Forest Friendly Farming is offering young commoners and those involved in practical land management in the New Forest, training for towing large trailers and livestock.

First small grant awarded to local parish council in the National Park

Published on Thursday 12 October 2006

The National Park Authority has awarded its first grant from a joint small grants scheme to Rockbourne Parish Council.

Innovative grant scheme for New Forest projects

Published on Friday 30 December 2005

National Park Authority launches Sustainable Development Fund.

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