Key organisations work together to give the New Forest a 'spring clean'

Published Tuesday 17 March 2009

Officers from three top New Forest organisations joined forces to give the National Park a spring clean on Friday 13 March.

The New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and New Forest District Council tackled litter at Norley Wood, Beaulieu Heath and Hatchet Pond as part of the activities during the third annual ‘Forest Force’ litter campaign.

A total of 21 bags were collected on Friday morning, some of the more unusual items collected included; odd shoes, tennis balls, golf tees and car tyres as well as the usual suspects of fast food packaging, cans and sweet wrappers.

Lindsay Cornish, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘All three organisations had a good turn-out and everyone worked really hard. Forest Force is an excellent way to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together for one common cause - to help keep the New Forest National Park clean and tidy.

This litter pick was part of the larger ‘Forest Force’ campaign which saw over 30 organisations and hundreds of individuals take part in litter picks in and around the National Park.

Vicky Myers, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Forestry Commission and organiser of Forest Force, said: ‘Once again Forest Force has proven to be a great success and we have been over-whelmed with the continued and increasing support from the local community.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who has given up their time to help clean up the Forest during this week - everyone’s combined efforts have ensured that the area is ‘spick and span’ and a nicer, safer place to enjoy.’

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Notes to photo editor: Officers from the New Forest National Park Authority and Forestry Commission at Hatchet Pond with litter collected. Lindsay Cornish, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority front row right of centre.

Notes to editor: The breakdown of the litter found is as follows: 2093 individual pieces of litter were collected, of that, there were, 820 pieces of plastic, 610 pieces of paper, 260 pieces of cardboard, 182 bits of metal, 109 pieces of miscellaneous (including a car battery and several tyres), 78 pieces of glass and ceramics and 34 pieces of fabric.

Media Contact:

Karen Evans
Communications Officer
New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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