Office staff tackle New Forest litter problem head on

Published 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.

Officers from three top New Forest organisations arrived at Brockenhurst on Friday (30 March) to clean up litter from four renowned beauty spots; the area around Forest Park Hotel; Roundhill campsite; Tilery Road and Whitefield Moor.

The New Forest National Park Authority, New Forest District Council and the Forestry Commission joined together on the 24 March to launch ‘Forest Force,’ a week-long mass event aimed at encouraging hundreds of volunteers to take a stand against litter in the National Park.

Throughout the week groups such as Parish Councils, Rotary groups and brownies volunteered to clean up the Forest, and concerned individuals joined daily litter picks across the National Park. Children were also ‘doing their bit’ litter-picking at a number of local schools; making this the biggest combined effort in over 30 years of spring clean events.

DANONE kicked off Forest Force in February when 125 top level-executives came to the Forest to litter-pick at Bolderwood and collected 15 bags of litter.

The volunteers who gave up their time to attend the litter-picks throughout ‘Forest Force’ week collected another 88 bags.

Officers litter-picking on Friday collected an additional 40 bags of litter, two scrap tyres and a car exhaust to name some of the more unusual litter items found, bringing the total amount of litter collected to a staggering 143 bags  since February.

Vicky Myers, Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Forestry Commission, said:  ‘Forest Force has been a great success and we have been overwhelmed 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 the area is spick and span and an even nicer place for all to enjoy.’

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Media Contacts:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Michael Goodeve, Communications Officer, New Forest District Council
Tel: 023 8028 5377
Email: michael.goodeve@NFDC.gov.uk

Emma Stevens, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission
Tel: 023 8028 6828
Email: emma.stevens@forestrycommission.gsi.gov.uk

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