Our Past, Our Future news

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.

Explore the Forest’s past, present and future

Discover the Forest’s history through trees at the exhibition at the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst web version

Published on Wednesday 18 October 2017

How can trees help us discover the New Forest’s long and fascinating history? And how did a nine year old boy, 800 years ago, help shape the place we know and love today?

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.

Over five thousand people discover art in New Forest National Park

The crucible rhinefield previews web size 59

Published on Friday 28 July 2017

Artists and creative groups from across the New Forest came together over two weeks to celebrate the National Park through art.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lottery chief support for New Forest landscape scheme


Published on Wednesday 7 September 2016

The head of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has visited the New Forest to learn more about the area’s multi-million pound landscape partnership scheme.

Protecting the environment in the face of climate change

New forest knowledge a view from bolton s bench lyndhurstcrop

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.

Discover New Forest Knowledge

One of the volunteers at the centre helping digitise the library s resources, New Forest Knowledge, OPOF

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.

Hundreds discover art in New Forest National Park

Frank Whittington toys at NF Centre

Published on Wednesday 6 July 2016

The New Forest Arts Festival is celebrating success after hosting over 40 events between 11 and 26 June in its first year.

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

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